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
June 15, 2020

Chile’s Council for the Defense of the State (CDE) filed a criminal lawsuit against five executives of the salmon farmer Nova Austral, forcing an investigation into their responsibility for fraud, according to an announcement by CDE.

According to local paper El Mostrador – which originally broke the story last year of Nova Austral’s reporting of false mortality figures, which led authorities to file charges against the company

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Published on
June 15, 2020

The board of directors of the new Chilean Salmon Council – formed in May between AquaChile and Salmones Aysén, as well as the local units of Cermaq and Mowi – recently met with Chilean Minister of Economy Lucas Palacios and Undersecretary of Fisheries Román Zelaya.

During the meeting, the salmon farmers said their companies “commit to being a benchmark for innovation, with absolute adherence to current

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Published on
June 9, 2020

Puerto Montt, Chile-based Greenspot – a certified B corporation focused on the circular economy, recycling and reusing plastic waste from industrial sectors, particularly from salmon farming – has found an opportunity to collaborate with the country’s salmon aquaculture companies in an effort to combat COVID-19.

Greenspot has designed the first sanitizing footbath mat made from 100 percent recycled plastic from Chilean salmon

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Published on
June 9, 2020

Despite higher revenue and harvest volumes, Chilean salmon farmer Nova Austral saw losses in the first quarter of 2020. Nova Austral lost

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June 5, 2020

Los Ángeles, Bio Bio, Chile-based salmon farmer Salmones Austral has reached an agreement with three banks for a USD 40 million (EUR 35.5 million) loan to continue with its USD 100 million (EUR 88.2 million) investment plan for the next three years, the company announced in a release.

In early May, the salmon farmer got approval from Chile’s financial market regulator, CMF, to register its shares in the securities register

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Published on
June 3, 2020

An average 5.7 percent drop in the sales price for Atlantic salmon, and an 11 percent fall in trout – coupled with a respective 6.1 percent and 19.6 percent rise in the cost of sales – affected Santiago, Chile-based salmon farming firm Australis Seafoods’ income in the first quarter of 2020

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Published on
June 2, 2020

The agriculture committee in Chile’s lower house of congress has approved a bill that would expand the Ministry of Agriculture’s reach to include food and rural development, thereby assuming control of the Sub-Secretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca).

Both fishing authorities are currently under the umbrella of the Ministry of Economy. While actors in the

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Published on
June 2, 2020

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon farmer Multiexport Foods saw first quarter net profits drop 94 percent

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May 28, 2020

Los Ángeles, Bio Bio, Chile-based salmon farmer Salmones Austral saw net losses of USD 5.9 million (EUR 5.4 million) during the first quarter of the year, compared to profits of USD 11 million (EUR 10 million) in the same quarter of 2019, according to a company release …

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Published on
May 27, 2020

Santiago, Chile-based salmon farmer Blumar plans to call an extraordinary shareholders meeting in the next month to vote on a proposed USD 40 million (EUR 36.5 million) capital increase via the issuance of new shares ... 

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