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
January 7, 2020

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon farmer Multiexport Foods is developing a project with Atando Cabos to recycle the ropes used in its aquaculture operations.

The initiative recovers the ropes, which have a high content of polypropylene and polyethylene, that are no longer used in operations. The material is then processed into plastic pellets for manufacture of new recycled plastic products, Multiexport said. Between September and December 2019,

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Published on
January 6, 2020

The responses of market actors and officials to the Chilean National Economic Prosecutor Office's (FNE) accusation that four salmon aquafeed producers colluded to fix prices have been highly critical of the accused parties and supportive of government measures to increase controls, particularly within the context of social upheaval that has rocked the country in the last few months.

Government ministers have called for severe penalties for

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Published on
January 2, 2020

AKVA Group Chile S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bryne, Norway-based AKVA Group ASA, has won a EUR 10.3 million (USD 11.4 million) contract to supply Cooke Aquaculture Inc. with a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Chile

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January 2, 2020

Around 23,000 coho salmon escaped from a pen on 22 December at Cermaq Chile’s Caucahue facility, located in Quemchi in the south of the country, Sernapesca, Chile's the national fishing authority, reported at the close of the year.

Sernapesca authorities confirmed a hole in the cage and solicited a head count, ordering Cermaq to activate recapture measures. At the time of publication, just over 5,000 units had been

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Published on
December 23, 2019

The 22-page summons served 19 December by the Chilean National Economic Prosecutor's Office (FNE), accusing four salmon aquafeed producers of colluding for years to fix prices, references emails, phone calls, and meetings to substantiate its allegations.

In the document, presented to the antitrust watchdog Tribunal de Defensa de Libre Competencia (TDLC), FNE said that between 2003 and 2015 BioMar Chile SA, Comercializadora Nutreco Chile Limitada

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Published on
December 23, 2019

Peru’s National Fisheries Society (SNP) is working to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the country’s anchovy fisheries by 2021.

“This certification will bolster the sustainable management of resources, in a global context where consumers are increasingly demanding,” SNP President Cayetana Aljovín announced in a press release regarding the initiaitive.

Along the same lines, the organization

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Published on
December 19, 2019

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Peru’s National Fisheries Society (SNP) have signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement to generate scientific information that will allow the fishing sector to be better prepared to face climate change.

The two institutions will look to develop and implement observation, prediction, and early warning systems related to climate change via the collection and systematization of information in

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Published on
December 18, 2019

Social protests and violence that erupted in Chile mid-October, including mobilizations at the salmon-farming area of Quellón and at ports used to move harvested salmon, cost around CLP 500 million (USD 656,485, EUR 589,076) in delays, according to Francisco Muñoz, the economy minister for southern Chile’s Los Lagos region.

The protests caused a 7 percent delay in volume with respect to the contracts that needed to be filled,

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Published on
December 16, 2019

Norwegian fish health group STIM has named Eduardo Hofmann as the new general manager of STIM Chile, replacing Claudio Retamal – who led the company’s Chile operations since they began in 2001 …

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Published on
December 11, 2019

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon farmer Multiexport Foods saw operating income jump ...

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