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
September 18, 2020

Marine conservation activist non-governmental organization Oceana has accused a handful of Chilean salmon farming companies as being less than cooperative in providing information regarding the amount of antibiotics used in their production processes.

In August, Chile’s Council for Transparency (CPLT) ruled that the national fisheries service, Sernapesca, must deliver disaggregated information on the use of antibiotics and biomass produced

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September 14, 2020

Santiago, Chile-based Australis Seafoods has advanced 20 percent in building a USD 70 million (EUR 59 million) salmonid processing plant in Puerto Natales, in southern Chile’s Magallanes region, but not without reproach

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September 3, 2020

An estimated total of 124,309 fish weighing approximately 500 grams each escaped on 27 August from Chilean salmon farmer Camanchaca’s San José center in the Los Lagos region, according to Sernapesca, Chile’s national fisheries service.

Sernapesca said that from the day the event was reported, it has been actively monitoring the measures implemented by the company, including the use of underwater ROVs and the center's

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September 3, 2020

Following seven days of refusing to work, truckers in Chile have called off the strike led by the National Confederation of Cargo Transport (CNTC), the organization announced on its website.

According to CNTC President Sergio Pérez, the government has accepted all of the union’s demands except one – that of unemployment insurance for drivers affected by attacks on the road  and of the 13 bills that were being

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August 24, 2020

Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment, SMA, has levied a CLP 5.3 billion (USD 6.7 million, EUR 5.7 million) fine against Mowi for what the watchdog said was “irreparable environmental damage” resulting from the escape of more than 690,000 Atlantic salmon from one of its farms in 2018.

The escape occurred in July 2018 during adverse weather conditions at the salmon farmer’s Punta Redonda center.

The fine responds to

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Published on
August 20, 2020

Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment, SMA, has published in its Official Gazette general instructions for the implementation of a continuous monitoring system that will be required at 27 salmonid farming centers in the country …

Photo courtesy of Alexander

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August 19, 2020

Santiago, Chile-based salmon farmer Australis Seafoods is seeking sanctions against the participants in alleged price-fixing scheme affecting the prices of aquafeed sold in Chile, and is evaluating initiating actions to demand compensation.

At the end of 2019, the Chilean National Economic Prosecutor's Office (FNE) accused four salmon aquafeed producers – BioMar Chile SA, Comercializadora Nutreco Chile Limitada (Skretting), EWOS Chile

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August 17, 2020

Chile’s Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) is preparing new, more stringent regulations on salmon farming structures in order to reduce the risk of cages sinking or fish escaping, the fishing authority announced.

The move is in direct response to salmon farmer Blumar’s cages sinking in heavy storms on 27 June at its Caicura grow-out center, resulting in mass mortality and escapes. The company is still working

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August 13, 2020

Last year Chilean salmon farmer Nova Austral, owned by the equity funds Altor Fund III and Bain Capital, was in regulatory hot water.

The company had lied about mortality figures, and had also adulterated the seabed to cover up anaerobic conditions and deceive authorities. Those two deceptions were spied by the relative authorities, and the fishing authority Sernapesca, Sub-Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), other farmed fishing

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Published on
August 13, 2020

Pesquera Azul, a Norwegian-owned longline fishing company operating out of Uruguay, has improved and streamlined ship operations in its new vessel, Ocean Azul, designed and built specifically to face the challenging conditions in Antarctic waters where it fishes Patagonian toothfish while also increasing catch volume and quality.

“Most longliners operating today are under-dimensioned for the Antarctic climate, and there are frequent

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