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
March 23, 2020

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon farmer Multiexport Foods hired Josefina Lyon as its new manager of the value-added products (VAP) division.

The branch, part of the commercial department, oversees all activities of the smoked salmon business, which in 2019 bought in USD 42 million (EUR 38.6 million) in sales, placing Multiexport as the leading exporter of value-added salmon products with a 69 percent share, according to a release from the

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Published on
March 17, 2020

Global Fishing Watch (GFW), the partnership between Google and the advocacy groups Oceana and SkyTruth, now features public vessel tracking data from Chile. The tracking data will include the country’s more than 700 fishing ships and over 800 vessels that provide support for aquaculture.

Entering the GFW – which tracks the movements of commercial fishing vessels in near real-time for anyone to remotely monitor, free of

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Published on
March 17, 2020

Chile’s environmental watchdog SMA has solicited information from Trusal S.A., whose Ensenada Lorca fattening center is operated by Cermaq Chile, due to the activation of a contingency plan for fish escapes in the Magallanes region ... 

Photo courtesy of Superintendencia del Medio Ambiente/Gobierno de

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March 16, 2020

Chilean salmon farmer Nova Austral posted a USD 4.6 million (EUR 4.1 million) loss in the fourth quarter of 2019, as higher costs took a toll on the company’s bottom line

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March 9, 2020

Russia’s phytosanitary and veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor has lifted temporary import restrictions imposed on four Chilean salmon farming facilities

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March 6, 2020

Peruvian national prosecutor Sandra Silva Solsol has asked for the search and seizure of documents and property at the country’s Sea Institute (Imarpe), a specialized technical agency of the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) that advises the state on marine conservation issues.

According to a document filed by the Public Ministry with the Superior Court of Justice of Callao, Imarpe is suspected of data adulteration related to the

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Published on
February 17, 2020

Ecuadorian industry and aquaculture firm Codemet has partnered with Belgian-based hatchery supplier I&V Bio for the Latin American production of artemia, a major component of shrimp feed that until now had to be imported into Ecuador, according to a video posted by Codemet.

The laboratory is the first of its type in Latin America, and the fourth worldwide.

Nutrition is key to raising shrimp, as all early stages of shrimp larvae require live

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Published on
February 13, 2020

The end of the Chinese New Year holiday – extended in China due to the coronavirus outbreak – will result in a pick-up in economic activity around seafood, according to the Ecuadorian Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA) President José Antonio Camposano.

The outbreak of the mysterious illness, which has killed more than 1,000 people and sickened tens of thousands more, has placed health authorities worldwide on alert and interrupted

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February 12, 2020

Aquiles Von Fach, the owner of the Von Fach brand of smoked salmon, which Chilean authorities recalled last month over fears of listeria contamination, is working to present evidence that will allow it to gain clearance from food safety authorities.

Von Fach told SeafoodSource he is doing everything possible ...

Photo courtesy of Von

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February 10, 2020

In conjunction with salmon trade group SalmonChile and sector players, Corfo – the Chilean government’s productive investment agency – has launched the Integrated Territorial Program (PTI per its initials in Spanish) to encourage local economic development in Chile’s southern region of Aysén.

The three-year initiative seeks to promote entrepreneurship and create new local businesses, increase sales of existing

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