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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January 7, 2022

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, Sernapesca, has confirmed the escape of salmon with an average weight of 3.9 kilograms from farmer Caleta Bay, and it will file a complaint for the latter’s breach of environmental aquaculture regulation.

At the time of the escape, the center was in the final stage of the harvesting process and had already extracted a significant part of its production, Sernapesca said on its

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January 6, 2022

Costa Rica-based seafood company Martec, the recent purchaser of AquaChile’s Rainforest Tilapia operations, is experimenting with integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA) in an effort to drive the development of natural ecosystems from its aquaculture programs.

The tilapia acquisition – still subject to approval of the competition authority in Costa Rica – includes tilapia production in Guanacaste, a processing plant in

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January 5, 2022

Costa Rica has cultivated a reputation for natural beauty, and chances are its name calls to mind lush mountains, beautiful beaches, and sustainably grown coffee.  

That image is partially the result of an environmental protection program the country implemented to ensure its natural resources are sustainably developed; protection efforts that have borne fruit. After years of work to reverse decades of deforestation, more than half the

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January 4, 2022

Puerto Montt, Chile-based salmon farmer Multi X – previously known as Multiexport Foods – has appointed José Ramón Gutiérrez del Pedregal as administration and corporate finance manager, effective February 2022, the company reported to securities regulator CMF.

Gutiérrez – who currently works as Multi X’s manager of optimization, innovation and development, leading value chain

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January 3, 2022

The head of Chile’s Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), Alicia Gallardo, has outlined to the senate the government’s plans to relocate some salmon farming concessions, with technical projects approved in the Magallanes region in order to remove operations located inside the Alberto de Agostini National Park.

According to the presentation, made in the senate by Subpesca Head of the Aquaculture Division Eugenio

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January 3, 2022
Santiago, Chile-based salmon farmer Salmones Camanchaca has raised CLP 19.2 billion (USD 22.5 million, EUR 19.9 million) with the issuance of new shares, the company reported in a brief statement to the Oslo bourse. The company received subscriptions for a total of 8,193,660 new shares, and following completion of the offering, the number of Camanchaca shares outstanding and issued reach 74,193,660 shares – without par value – it said. In an… Read More
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December 24, 2021

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has placed Santiago, Chile-based fishing- and salmon-farming firm Blumar Seafoods on its “yellow list” as a good alternative for farmed Atlantic salmon.

Blumar recently launched the “Laguna Blanca” antibiotic-free salmon brand that touts sustainability as its selling point, employing Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards to raise salmon without antibiotics

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December 23, 2021

Argentina is monitoring a fleet of more than 300 Chinese jiggers, longliners, and trawlers as it sales from Pacific waters in Chile through the Straits of Magellan towards the Atlantic.

Argentina's navy is escorting each vessel and following their movements to guarantee that the fleet does not fish within the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Argentina estimates annual losses of ARS 2.6 billion (USD 25.5

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December 20, 2021

Gabriel Boric, the 35-year-old leftist candidate for the presidency of Chile, was elected to lead the country for the next four years on Sunday, 19 December.

Boric, who has questioned the environmental sustainability of the country’s USD 4 billion (EUR 3.5 billion) salmon-farming industry, won 56 percent of the vote, defeating right-wing candidate José Antonio Kast by more than 10 points, according to the Associated Press.

Boric

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December 20, 2021

A fleet of three vessels that has tried to evade scrutiny of its illegal activities has been blacklisted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and the fleet’s insurance provider is considering dropping their coverage following an investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).

The fleet, which has operated in the Atlantic for years, first drew EJF’s attention when

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