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
July 14, 2021

Chile’s Salmon Council – comprised of the companies AquaChile, Cermaq, Mowi, and Salmones Aysén as well as the Magallanes Salmon Farming Organization – have condemned yet another arson attack that has affected the south of Chile, where the country’s salmon sector is concentrated.

“We strongly reject and condemn the attacks that have occurred in recent days in the La Araucanía Region,” they said

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July 14, 2021

Say the words “Ecuador” and “seafood” and one concept will invariably come to mind: shrimp, and for good reason.

The South American country has seen extraordinary growth of its exports of the crustacean, moving more than USD 3.6 billion (EUR 3 billion) and with market players diversifying in different geographies and market sectors. But just over a decade ago, shrimp was not the only seafood product with a promising

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July 13, 2021

Chile’s exports of salmon and trout reached USD 1.15 billion (EUR 969 million) in the second quarter of 2021, up 11.3 percent from the same quarter of last year.

In volume terms, the amount of salmon and trout exported in Q2 was 157,098 metric tons (MT), down 9 percent from 172,638 MT in the same quarter of 2020. However, the average price per kilogram was up to USD 7.30 (EUR 6.10) compared to USD 6.00 (EUR 5.50) in the year-ago period,

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July 9, 2021

Poseidon Ocean Systems, a Canadian developer of salmon farming infrastructure and life support systems, is looking to expand to the Chilean market and plans to open an office in Puerto Montt, the company announced in a statement

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July 8, 2021

Santiago, Chile-based salmon farmer Camanchaca harvested a total of 6,425 metric tons (MT) of Atlantic salmon with an average weight of 3.9 kilograms whole fish equivalent (WFE), the company reported in a brief statement to the Oslo bourse.

Comparing to total harvest of 10,670 MT of Atlantic salmon during the same quarter one year ago, the Q2 2021 harvest represents a 39.8 percent drop year-over-year.

The company said that its Atlantic

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July 6, 2021

The legislature in Argentina’s southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego has unanimously approved a bill prohibiting salmon farming.

According to a press release from environmentalist organization Rewilding Argentina, salmon farming concessions being considered in the region would have threatened a biodiversity hotspot containing 50 percent of Argentina's macroalgae forests, which act as carbon sinks, the NGO said.

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July 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic walloped the health sector and seafood markets worldwide, but Ecuador took the opportunity to diversify its USD 3.6 billion (EUR 3 billion) shrimp export market.

Prior to the pandemic, the country’s shrimp industry had mainly been oriented around the foodservice segment, according to Ecuador’s National Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA) Executive President José Antonio Camposano. That focus had to change

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June 30, 2021

The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bolivia’s Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency to fortify knowledge and compliance with international transparency standards in fisheries management.

“The collaboration with the Bolivian government is clearly unique, due to the country’s status as a landlocked state. Yet, in its capacity as a flag state, which includes

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June 29, 2021

The Mexican Council for the Promotion of Seafood Consumption and Aquaculture Products (Comepesca) has signed a partnership with FishChoice, an environmental nonprofit that creates online tools that look to drive seafood sustainability.

Under what FishChoice called a “first-of-its-kind partnership,” the NGO will collaborate with Comepesca to increase access for North American buyers that seek to source sustainable seafood from Mexico,

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June 28, 2021

The Chilean government has appointed Claudio Báez as the new national director of the fisheries and aquaculture service, Sernapesca.

Báez, a veterinarian, will assume the new position on 1 July. To date, he has served as the regional director of Sernapesca Biobío, and as a professor at Universidad San Sebastián’s School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as in the Biobío regional health ministry.

The

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