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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2020-04-03 09:10:00

Workers in Chile’s salmon processing sector have been protesting on the island of Chiloé – an industry production hub – arguing the companies they work for are not doing enough to protect them from the COVID-19 virus.

Last week, the national government closed off Chiloé to much of outside traffic, only allowing the circulation of transport it deemed essential, which includes the salmon industry. Declaring the

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2020-03-31 14:00:00

In an attempt to curb the further spread of COVID-19, Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) has declared the southernmost city of Puerto Williams under quarantine and the closing off of the Island of Chiloé, where much of the country’s salmon farming takes place.

The measure is in addition to those previously announced for other areas of the country, including Chillán and Easter Island, San Pedro de La Paz, and Caleta Tortel

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2020-03-30 14:10:00

Chilean salmon and trout farmer AquaChile has converted its state-of-the-art Alab Molecular Biology Laboratory to conduct coronavirus testing in southern Chile.

The initiative makes the laboratory – located in Puerto Montt, complete with trained personnel and research teams, and equipped with technology for carrying out viral disease detection tests – available to the health and military authorities of the Los Lagos Region. The idea

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2020-03-30 14:00:00

While safeguarding workers’ health and taking preemptive measures against the closing of markets have topped Chilean salmon industry executives’ list of priorities throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has raised another concern: What happens if the fish die?

A number of seafood company employees have already implemented a work-from-home policy for most employees to allow

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2020-03-30 14:00:00

Santiago, Chile-based salmon farming and fishing company Camanchaca harvested 20,288 metric tons (MT) of Atlantic salmon during the fourth quarter of 2019, jumping 45.5 percent from the same period one year prior, and marking the quarter as its highest-ever harvest

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2020-03-26 10:00:00

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Chile rises, the country’s seafood industry is working to manage the spread  of the virus.

“The COVID-19 pandemic puts us all to the test: people, industries, and governments. We can clearly say that the companies that belong to the association are taking all the measures needed to prevent contagion,” Arturo Clement, president of Chile’s salmon industry association,

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2020-03-25 14:00:00

Chilean salmon farmer Blumar posted Q4 net profits of USD 2.4 million (EUR 2.2 million) compared to profits of USD 104,000 (EUR 96,300) in the same quarter of 2018, the company announced in a recent earnings release.

Revenues fell …

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2020-03-23 13:50:00

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon farmer Multiexport Foods hired Josefina Lyon as its new manager of the value-added products (VAP) division.

The branch, part of the commercial department, oversees all activities of the smoked salmon business, which in 2019 bought in USD 42 million (EUR 38.6 million) in sales, placing Multiexport as the leading exporter of value-added salmon products with a 69 percent share, according to a release from the

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2020-03-17 11:00:00

Global Fishing Watch (GFW), the partnership between Google and the advocacy groups Oceana and SkyTruth, now features public vessel tracking data from Chile. The tracking data will include the country’s more than 700 fishing ships and over 800 vessels that provide support for aquaculture.

Entering the GFW – which tracks the movements of commercial fishing vessels in near real-time for anyone to remotely monitor, free of

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2020-03-17 09:05:00

Chile’s environmental watchdog SMA has solicited information from Trusal S.A., whose Ensenada Lorca fattening center is operated by Cermaq Chile, due to the activation of a contingency plan for fish escapes in the Magallanes region ... 

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