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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February 16, 2022

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) is running the risk of being considered non-cooperative in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing due to its “lack of strong, consistent binding measures for its members” for the squid fishery, according to a Latin American industry group.

The industry group, the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Southern Pacific Jumbo

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February 9, 2022

Miami, Florida, U.S.A.-based BluGlacier – one of Chile's largest salmon importers to the U.S., founded in 2016 as a joint venture between Chilean salmon farmers Blumar and Ventisqueros – sees its recent hiring of premium brands sales director Chris Sandagato as another step in bringing seafood to customers in the North American market …

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February 4, 2022

Chile’s government has enacted a law that requires the holders of aquaculture concessions to take measures to avoid or reduce the deposit of inorganic and organic waste on the sea floor where their concessions are located ... 

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January 28, 2022

While the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on a number of sectors worldwide in 2021, Ecuador achieved an all-time high in shrimp exports …

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January 28, 2022

A new study from Kiel University, led by researcher Renato Salvatteci, has found fundamental changes in the ocean, including warming and oxygen depletion, may have significant effects on fish stocks, including the displacement of individual species and stocks, including Peru’s anchoveta fishery.

The findings were published in the journal “Science” on 7 January, 2022. Researchers at Kiel University, together with colleagues from

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January 21, 2022

Five farming grow-out centers, located in the salmon concession groups (ACS) 31A, 30A and 30B, all in southern Chile’s Aysén region, reported mass mortalities associated with the presence of harmful microalgae Pseudochattonella verruculosa, Pseudochattonella spp. and Rizhosolenia aff. setigera, Chile’s national fisheries and aquaculture service Sernapesca reported.

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January 19, 2022

Peru’s Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has closed the country’s second anchovy season in its north-central fishing region ... 

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January 19, 2022
Oslo, Norway-headquartered salmon producer Cermaq has named Pedro Courard as managing director of its Chilean operations as of 1 March in replacement of Steven Rafferty, who will take over as CEO of the Cermaq Group. Rafferty, in turn, will replace the current CEO, Geir Molvik, who announced last October that he is stepping down but will continue to be available to the company in an advisory role. “I am pleased to announce that Pedro Courard… Read More
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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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