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 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 ... 

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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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Published on
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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Published on
July 30, 2020

Chile’s southern city of Puerto Montt, known as the hub of the country's salmon aquaculture sector, entered into quarantine as of 29 July, following a preventative decree from the Ministry of Health seeking to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The government decided to take action after recording more than 100 new cases a day of the virus for four consecutive days in the Los Lagos Region, where Puerto Montt, population of some 246,000, is the

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Published on
July 28, 2020
Chilean salmon farmer Invermar is seeking to increase biomass production at its Chalihué center, located on the Island of Chiloé, according to documents the company filed with the Environmental Assessment Service (SEA by its acronym in Spanish). The USD 2.5 million (EUR 2.1 million) project would increase salmon production to 6,000 metric tons (MT) a year from its current volume of 5,000 metric tons annually, Invermar said in the related… Read More
Published on
July 27, 2020

The pathogen tenacibaculosis has been found in farmed rainbow trout and coho salmon from the south of Chile, according to a paper published by researchers Ruben Avendaño‐Herrera, Constanza Collarte,  Mónica Saldarriaga‐Córdoba, and Rute Irgang in the “Journal of Fish Diseases.”

“This is the first documented occurrence of clinical tenacibaculosis in farmed rainbow trout and coho salmon

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July 22, 2020

Anchovy fishing in Peru’s north central region has reached 96.7 percent of the assigned quota and will reach 100 percent in the coming days, effectively putting an end to the season, Cayetana Aljovín, president of Peru’s National Fisheries Society (SNP), announced in a 22 July presentation …

Photo courtesy of Peru’s National Fisheries

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Published on
July 21, 2020

Ecuador’s shrimp sector is going through a “serious contraction” in production and exports as a result of the reduced demand and market crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic ... 

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July 20, 2020

The north of Chile is home to the Atacama, the most arid desert on earth known for years of zero-rain conditions and some of the world’s largest copper mines. And if aquaculture firm Acuinor has its way, it will also be known for its farmed fish.

The Atacama Desert region stretches for nearly 1,600 kilometers along the narrow coast of the northern third of Chile, from near the country’s northernmost city of Arica south to the city of

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