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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Published on
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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December 5, 2022

Chile’s largest salmon-farming firm, AquaChile, saw “robust demand” coupled with limited supply during the third quarter of 2022, as salmon prices remained strong and higher than historical averages in the farmer’s key markets of the United States, Brazil, and Japan.

AquaChile is Chile’s largest salmon producer, resulting from a 2018 sector consolidation that brought a number of actors – AquaChile,

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November 28, 2022

China's zero-COVID policy caused its imports of Chilean salmon to plummet, and indirectly led to the downfall of New World Currents, a joint venture formed between five Chilean salmon firms jointly targeting the Chinese market.

New World Currents was founded in 2013 to enable Australis, Blumar, Camanchaca, Yadran, and Marine Farm to work jointly to market salmon in the world's most-populous country. But when the COVID pandemic hit

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November 28, 2022

Santiago, Chile-based Salmones Camamchaca continued to see strong results in the third quarter of 2022, with net income rising 306 percent to USD 18.5 million (EUR 17.9 million) when compared to the USD 4.6 million (EUR 4.4 million) it posted in Q3 2021.

Camanchaca's quarterly operating revenue reached USD 95.9 million (EUR 93.1 million) in Q3 2022, up 45.6 percent year-o-ver-year. Its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and

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November 24, 2022

Peru’s Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has authorized a 28 November start of the second season of the north-central zone’s anchovy fishery, establishing a total allowable catch (TAC) of up to 2.28 million metric tons (MT).

The country’s anchovy fishery, which targets both Engraulis ringens and Anchoa nasus, primarily for use in making fishmeal and fish oil, is the largest by volume in the world. The

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November 18, 2022

The Chilean Salmon Council has named Loreto Seguel its new executive director, beginning 1 December.

Seguel’s hiring follows the council’s announcement at the beginning of November that its current director, Joanna Davidovich, would step down by month’s end and join the council's board as an independent member. Davidovich was appointed the council's executive director in 2020 upon the creation of the council, which represents

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November 17, 2022

Santiago, Chile-based Salmones Camanchaca CEO Ricardo García recently presented at the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil (IFFO) conference in Lima, Peru, where he extolled salmon farming’s efficiencies to meet protein needs in a world whose population is growing but whose resources are limited. However, the salmon farming industry in Chile has increasingly been questioned over matters such as sustainability and environmental

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November 11, 2022

AquaChile, Chile’s largest salmon farmer, is preparing to abandon the concessions it has in national parks, the head of Chile’s Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), Julio Salas, said at the Aqua Forum seminar in Puerto Montt, Chile on 9 November.

Removing salmon farmers from protected areas is a priority of Chile President Gabriel Boric. Recently, there has been progress in this effort as a result of coordination

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November 9, 2022

Chile’s Council for the Defense of the State (CDE) has filed a suit against Punta Arenas-based salmon farmer Nova Austral, seeking compensation for environmental damage allegedly caused in the Alberto de Agostini National Park, located in the fjords of the Magallanes Region in the far south of the country.

According to the CDE, the irreversible damage stems from overproduction at Nova Austral’s aquaculture centers Cockburn 14,

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November 7, 2022

Peru is expected to surpass USD 2 billion (EUR 2 billion) this year in earnings from exports of fishmeal and fish oil, compared to USD 2.3 billion (EUR 2.3 billion) in 2021 – which was up 60 percent from 2020.

The earnings total was first reported by Peruvian government news service Andina, citing figures from Peru’s National Fisheries Society (SNP).

“There is a growing demand for feed, mainly for poultry farming,

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