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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May 23, 2022

Salmones Multiexport – which markets its products as Multi X – has suffered a mass-mortality event of roughly 300,000 fish weighing approximately 4.3 kilograms each, Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, Sernapesca, reported on its website.

The die-off affected Atlantic salmon at the farmer’s San Luis center in the concession group ACS 1, located in the Reloncaví Estuary in the Los Lagos region.

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May 23, 2022

AquaChile, Chile’s largest salmon farmer and the second-largest salmon-farming company in the world, saw a drop in net profits due to a significant hit from fair-value adjustments, primarily due to the sale of its former holding, Rainforest Tilapia 

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May 18, 2022

Chile’s salmon farmers increased their use of antimicrobials last year to levels not seen since 2017, according to the latest report on the matter from the Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca).

Sernapesca reported Chile's salmon farmers used 463.4 metric tons (MT) of antimicrobials on 985,958 MT of harvested biomass in 2021, leading to an antibiotic consumption index (ACI, or amount of active ingredient

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May 16, 2022

Santiago, Chile-based salmon farmer Salmones Camanchaca grew first quarter revenues to USD 80.9 million (EUR 77.7 million), up 16.3 percent compared to Q1 2021, which the company mainly attributed to higher market prices and higher Atlantic salmon sales volume.

Salmones Camanchaca is a vertically integrated salmon producer that sells Atlantic and Coho salmon through five sales offices located in the main destination markets, led by the U.S.,

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May 13, 2022

Punta Arenas, Chile-based salmon farmer Nova Austral is appealing a CLP 1.32 billion (USD 1.52 million, EUR 1.47 million) fine levied against it for five infractions reportedly committed in 2017 at its Aracena-19 salmon grow-out

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May 9, 2022

Chile President Gabriel Boric is reportedly considering a moratorium on the farmed salmon sector that would halt its expansion in the country.

The 36-year-old Boric, the youngest president in Chile’s history, was elected in December 2021 and took office in March 2022. Previously, as a member of Chile's congress, he questioned the environmental sustainability of the country’s USD 5.2 billion (EUR 4.6 billion) salmon-farming

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May 5, 2022

The director of Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca), Claudio Báez, has voluntarily resigned from his position citing personal reasons, Chile's government announced. Báez had assumed as Sernapesca directorship in July 2021 …

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May 4, 2022

Aarhus, Denmark-headquartered aquafeed supplier BioMar Group has partnered with the international nonprofit Earthworm Foundation to focus on sustainability best practices and social change in Ecuador’s shrimp sector.

The Earthworm Foundation works with businesses to find solutions to environmental and social challenges within value chains. The full value-chain collaboration looks to address the industry’s main issues,

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May 3, 2022

Peru’s Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has announced a 19 May launch date for the first anchovy fishing season of the year in the country's north-central region, setting a total allowable catch (TAC) of 2.792 million metric tons (MT), the ministry reported on its website.

The TAC represents a 36.4 percent boost from last season, when PRODUCE established a 2.047 million MT capture limit. That season closed in January with nearly the full

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April 27, 2022

Argentina’s Chamber of Jigger Fishing Vessels Shipowners (CAPA, per the acronym in Spanish) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a group of six international squid buyers for joint collaboration in the fishery improvement project (FIP) for Argentine shortfin squid.

The MoU was signed at Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global in Barcelona, Spain, with squid-buyers including Alfrío, Cabomar, Congalsa, and

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