Christian Molinari

Christian Molinari

Contributing Editor

A native of San Francisco, Christian Molinari has lived and worked in Chile for over 20 years, after having arrived in Santiago as a volunteer and falling in love with the culture and its people. He covered business news in Latin America for over a decade, worked in communications at IBM Chile, and currently freelances in strategic communications and reporting.

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January 21, 2022

Five farming grow-out centers, located in the salmon concession groups (ACS) 31A, 30A and 30B, all in southern Chile’s Aysén region, reported mass mortalities associated with the presence of harmful microalgae Pseudochattonella verruculosa, Pseudochattonella spp. and Rizhosolenia aff. setigera, Chile’s national fisheries and aquaculture service Sernapesca reported.

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January 19, 2022

Peru’s Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has closed the country’s second anchovy season in its north-central fishing region ... 

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January 19, 2022
Oslo, Norway-headquartered salmon producer Cermaq has named Pedro Courard as managing director of its Chilean operations as of 1 March in replacement of Steven Rafferty, who will take over as CEO of the Cermaq Group. Rafferty, in turn, will replace the current CEO, Geir Molvik, who announced last October that he is stepping down but will continue to be available to the company in an advisory role. “I am pleased to announce that Pedro Courard… Read More
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January 7, 2022

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, Sernapesca, has confirmed the escape of salmon with an average weight of 3.9 kilograms from farmer Caleta Bay, and it will file a complaint for the latter’s breach of environmental aquaculture regulation.

At the time of the escape, the center was in the final stage of the harvesting process and had already extracted a significant part of its production, Sernapesca said on its

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January 6, 2022

Costa Rica-based seafood company Martec, the recent purchaser of AquaChile’s Rainforest Tilapia operations, is experimenting with integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA) in an effort to drive the development of natural ecosystems from its aquaculture programs.

The tilapia acquisition – still subject to approval of the competition authority in Costa Rica – includes tilapia production in Guanacaste, a processing plant in

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January 5, 2022

Costa Rica has cultivated a reputation for natural beauty, and chances are its name calls to mind lush mountains, beautiful beaches, and sustainably grown coffee.  

That image is partially the result of an environmental protection program the country implemented to ensure its natural resources are sustainably developed; protection efforts that have borne fruit. After years of work to reverse decades of deforestation, more than half the

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January 4, 2022

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon farmer Multi X – previously known as Multiexport Foods – has appointed José Ramón Gutiérrez del Pedregal as administration and corporate finance manager, effective February 2022, the company reported to securities regulator CMF.

Gutiérrez – who currently works as Multi X’s manager of optimization, innovation and development, leading value chain

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January 3, 2022

The head of Chile’s Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), Alicia Gallardo, has outlined to the senate the government’s plans to relocate some salmon farming concessions, with technical projects approved in the Magallanes region in order to remove operations located inside the Alberto de Agostini National Park.

According to the presentation, made in the senate by Subpesca Head of the Aquaculture Division Eugenio

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January 3, 2022
Santiago, Chile-based salmon farmer Salmones Camanchaca has raised CLP 19.2 billion (USD 22.5 million, EUR 19.9 million) with the issuance of new shares, the company reported in a brief statement to the Oslo bourse. The company received subscriptions for a total of 8,193,660 new shares, and following completion of the offering, the number of Camanchaca shares outstanding and issued reach 74,193,660 shares – without par value – it said. In an… Read More
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December 24, 2021

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has placed Santiago, Chile-based fishing- and salmon-farming firm Blumar Seafoods on its “yellow list” as a good alternative for farmed Atlantic salmon.

Blumar recently launched the “Laguna Blanca” antibiotic-free salmon brand that touts sustainability as its selling point, employing Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards to raise salmon without antibiotics

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