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 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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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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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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