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
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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Published on
August 12, 2020

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, Sernapesca, has found that a total 12 percent or 103,720 salmon escaped from farmer Blumar’s Caicura grow-out center resulting from cages sunk in heavy storms, reported on 27 June …

Photo courtesy of Chile's Superintendent of the Environment

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Published on
August 12, 2020

Chile’s national fisheries agency, Sernapesca, has formed the “Inspection Network for the Sustainability of Fishing and Aquaculture," which looks to coordinate the oversight of the various organizations that control fishing and aquaculture activities throughout the entire value chain.

The newly formed network is comprised of 10 institutions: including the Chilean navy, air force, the Carabineros national police force, investigative

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August 11, 2020

Following diplomatic and technical negotiations, Ecuador has managed to reverse China's suspension of imports of shrimp from Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila, according to an announcement from Ecuador’s Production, Foreign Trade, Investment, and Fisheries Ministry (Producción).

On 10 July, the General Directorate of Chinese Customs announced the suspension of three Ecuadorian shrimp companies – Industrial Pesquera

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Published on
August 10, 2020

Peru’s Production Ministry (PRODUCE) has opened the anchovy fishing season for the south region and established a capture limit of 435,000 metric tons (MT) ... 

Photo courtesy of La Sociedad Nacional de Pesquería

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Published on
August 6, 2020

Billund, Denmark-based aquaculture systems firm Billund Aquaculture has begun construction of a recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) hatchery for Chilean salmon farmer Salmones Austral ... 

Photo courtesy of Salmones

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Published on
August 6, 2020

The Chilean Salmon Council – formed in May between AquaChile and Salmones Aysén, as well as the local units of Cermaq and Mowi – has appointed the economist Salvador Valdés Prieto as group director.

Valdés is a civil engineer with a PhD in economics from MIT and has experience in the financial, dairy, steel, and energy industries. Through the World Bank, he has provided consultancy services to the

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August 4, 2020

Chilean aquaculture technology firm Aquarov is looking to put submersible remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to use in oxygenating environmentally affected seabeds at fish farming centers

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August 3, 2020

Ecuador is trying to protect parts of the Galpagos Marine Reserve in the wake of the arrival of hundreds of mainly Chinese fishing ships that are set up in international waters near the country’s exclusive economic zone.

“We will work in a regional position to defend and protect the exclusive economic zone around the Galapagos Marine Reserve, one of the richest fishing areas and a hotbed of life for the entire

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