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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July 11, 2022

A total of some 24,000 salmon weighing 180 metric tons (MT) have died in the “Heimdall” wellboat that ran aground on 6 July in the Strait of Magellan, near Tamar Island, some 195 kilometers west of Punta Arenas in southern Chile, according to local press reports …

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July 7, 2022

Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment (SMA) has moved to revoke the environmental license at three of Punta Arenas, Chile-based salmon farmer Nova Austral’s grow-out centers in the Alberto de Agostini National Park and apply a fine for the artificial alteration of the seabed at another center.

The action marks the first time that an environmental permit has been revoked since the creation of the SMA. The moves must now be

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July 6, 2022

Ecuador-based Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP) has expanded its presence in the Chilean market with the hypermarket chain Jumbo, making SSP-approved premium shrimp available under the Cuisine&Co brand …

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July 5, 2022

Peru’s Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has opened the second anchovy fishing season of the year in the country's south region, setting a total allowable catch (TAC) of 486,500 metric tons (MT), government gazette El Peruano reported.

The TAC is flat from that established for the first season, which ran from January through June, with the limit also set at 486,500 MT. However, as of 26 June, 2022, only 197,000 MT had been landed, or just

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July 1, 2022

San Isidro, Peru-based fishing company Austral Group, a producer of fishmeal, fish oil, canned fish, and frozen fish, has been rewarded for its longstanding focus on sustainability, according to the company's CEO, Adriana Giudice.

Austral, which operates 19 fishing vessels and four processing plants in Peru, and which is owned by the Norwegian group Austevoll Seafood, produces about 10 percent of the fishmeal and fish oil

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June 29, 2022

Chile’s constitutional convention process, mandated by the citizens to define a new national charter, has included some proposals deemed by SalmonChile to be a threat to the country’s salmon-farming industry.

In a national referendum in October 2020, 78 percent of Chilean citizens voted in favor of a new constitution, to be drawn up by a body elected by popular vote. Chile’s constitutional convention has been in

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June 22, 2022

Chile’s Superintendency of the Environment (Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente, or SMA) has initiated a new sanctioning procedure against salmon farmer Santiago, Chile-based Australis Mar for overproduction.

The new sanction procedure is against Australis’s 20-hectare Estero Retroceso grow-out center in Chile’s Magallanes Region, in the southern part of the country. The new procdure is the sixth case that SMA has opened

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June 16, 2022

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon-farming firm Multi X has partnered with the global supplier of aquaculture feed, BioMar, and local startup Food 4 the Future (F4F) to implement the country’s first pilot feeding plan with products made from insect protein instead of fishmeal …

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June 15, 2022

Pontevedra, Spain-based vertically integrated seafood firm Nueva Pescanova announced its year-end results, showcasing strong sales and higher earnings …

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June 13, 2022

Chilean salmon farmer Australis Seafoods, owned by China’s Joyvio Group, has named industry veteran Andrés Lyon as the its new CEO – replacing Ricardo Misraji – in a move that the company said looks to drive new development and consolidate ongoing operations.

Lyon, an industrial civil engineer, has nearly 25 years of experience in the industry. Up until the announcement, he was a member of the board and vice president of

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