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.

Published on
January 30, 2023

Chile’s salmon farms shipped a total of USD 6.6 billion (EUR 6.1 billion) in salmon and trout abroad in 2022, up 27.3 percent from the year before, the Chilean Salmon Council reported.

Salmon has traditionally been Chile’s second most-important export after copper (exports of USD 43.9 billion, EUR 40.3 billion in 2022), but in 2022, it was relegated to third place as demand rocketed up for lithium by an astounding 777 percent, with

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January 27, 2023

Ecuador’s government putting an end to diesel subsidies for large shrimp farms is unfair, comes at a very inopportune moment, and seriously affects sector competitiveness, according to the executive president of the country’s National Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA), José Antonio Camposano.

The move will increase production costs by USD 0.16 (EUR 0.15) per pound of shrimp, affecting 82 percent of the country’s shrimp

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January 24, 2023

Chile’s government is considering specific laws to combat the robbery of particular goods, including farmed salmon, cattle, and copper cables.

The proposal – introduced by Chile Minister of the Interior and Public Safety Carolina Tohá – aims to fill a regulatory void. It follows the passage of a similar law enacted in 2022 that was successful in reducing lumber theft.

Thefts of truckloads of farmed salmon being

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January 12, 2023

A Chilean court has ordered a halt on Punta Arenas, Chile-based salmon farmer Nova Austral’s plan to transfer some of its farming sites.

Chile’s Third Environmental Court in Valdivia ordered Nova Austral to put its plan to transfer some of its farming sites from the Alberto de Agostini National Park to part of the Kawésqar National Reserve – both of which are located in the southernmost region of Magallanes – on

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January 5, 2023

Chilean salmon farmers are defending the use of antibiotics in their salmon and trout farming operations after the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program downgraded some rainbow trout farms in the region in its sustainability ranking to “Red” (Avoid) from “Yellow” (Good Alternative) due to escapes and high use of antimicrobials.

A release from the Chilean Salmon Council – a trade group comprised of AquaChile,

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January 3, 2023

Santiago, Chile-based fishing and salmon-farming firm Blumar has launched a rebranding campaign and announced its new purpose soon after it announced solid Q3 earnings.

The company announced that “We nurture people embracing the ocean” is its new purpose – defined after a year of work – which it said it will use to inspire the company’s entire value chain for the production and sale of seafood. The new purpose was

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January 3, 2023

The spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery in Nicaragua has completed its fishery improvement project (FIP) and entered the full assessment process for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

The Caribbean-based fishery is the largest supplier of spiny lobster to the U.S., and the country exported seafood worth USD 180 million (EUR 170 million) in the first six months of 2022. Nicaragua is the second major Caribbean spiny lobster

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December 19, 2022

Overfishing is often seen as a strictly environmental concern, but the issue should be also looked at through an economic lens, according to the new seafood-focused non-governmental organization Accountability.Fish.

Accountability.Fish was created to raise awareness of what it deems as “the under-monitored and murky politics” of regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs). It seeks to support underrepresented

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December 16, 2022

On Thursday, 15 December, Peru’s government instituted a national state of emergency, responding to outbursts of violence from protesters unhappy over the 7 December ousting of the country’s left-leaning president, Pedro Castillo, and the swearing in of then-vice president Dina Boluarte as Peru’s new head of state.

Castillo was facing allegations of corruption, with an estimated 50 separate cases pending with Peru’s

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December 14, 2022

Important figures in Chile’s Magallanes region are refuting the arguments set forth in the Greenpeace documentary “Por Aquí No” (“Not Here”) which was highly critical of the region's salmon industry.

Greenpeace Chile launched the documentary on 28 September, 2022, in theaters, with a T.V. debut on 6 October on the History Channel. Calling for an end to salmon farming in the Kawésqar National Reserve,

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