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
March 29, 2022

Santiago, Chile-based fishing and salmon-farming firm Blumar saw net profits of USD 19.9 million (EUR 18.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2021, versus a net loss of USD 7.3 million (EUR 6.6 million) during the same quarter of 2020.

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Published on
March 28, 2022

Increasing sales of plant-based proteins and rising investor attention to cell-cultured seafood – a market which according to market research company Euromonitor is expected to be worth USD 23.2 billion (EUR 21.2 billion) by 2024 – is drawing more Latin American players into the market.

In the alternative seafood market, two countries seem to be taking the lead: Brazil and Chile. The former is undertaking research to accelerate

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March 23, 2022

Norway-based marine and energy insurance firm Hydor has decided to put an end to its contract covering a fleet of ships that were found participating in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) tuna fishing, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) reported.

The fleet of three ships – currently named Israr 1, 2, and 3 – has operated in the Atlantic for years and was blacklisted in December 2021 by the International

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March 21, 2022

India has come to dominate the U.S. shrimp market, but other countries are carving out niches by focusing on narrow product specifications or in-demand types of shrimp, a Shrimp Insights report has revealed.

In 2021, India remained the largest shrimp supplier to the U.S. by far, with a massive advantage in peeled and other value-added products, the Netherlands-based consultancy found. Peeled shrimp is the most-favored

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March 18, 2022

Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.-based agricultural giant Cargill, a major aquafeed producer, has announced it will purchase 24.5 percent of the shares of Chilean salmon farmer Multi X.

Founded in 1987, Puerto Montt, Chile-based Multi X has more than 2,600 employees and handles around 100,000 metric tons of salmon a year, with expectations to increase this to 125,000 metric tons by 2023. It has productive activities in southern Chile’s

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Published on
March 17, 2022

Chile-based salmon farming companies are introducing new measures to better mitigate and deal with potential algae blooms that take place with greater frequency and intensity during the summer season, which in the southern hemisphere runs from December through February …

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March 15, 2022

Two new South American fishery improvement projects were announced at the 2022 Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

New FIPs were announced for shortfin squid (Illex argentinus) and the mahi fishery in Peru.

Argentina’s Chamber of Jigger-Fishing Vessel Shipowners (CAPA, per the acronym in Spanish) is working with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) on establishing the Argentina shortfin

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March 14, 2022

Brazil is a giant in Latin America: it boasts a population of more than 213 million people and a GDP of some USD 1.45 trillion (EUR 1.33 trillion), according to World Bank data. Currently it exports only about USD 365 million (EUR 334 million) in seafood, but the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Apex-Brasil, is looking to change that.

Compared to some other South American nations, Brazil definitely has room to grow its seafood

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March 14, 2022

Los Ángeles, Chile-based Salmones Austral is planning to present its recently launched Secret Island salmon and expanding wholesale business at the upcoming Seafood Expo North America.

The Secret Island specialty brand was launched in October 2021, targeting individual consumers on the U.S. East Coast with a direct-to-consumer home delivery service that included delivery of packages of six-ounce portions in regions within two-day ground

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Published on
March 11, 2022

Punta Arenas, Chile-based salmon farmer Nova Austral’s operational revenues came in at USD 17.5 million (EUR 15.8 million) for the fourth quarter of 2021, 38 percent lower than the USD 28.5 million (EUR 25.8 million) posted in the same quarter of 2020 due to a drop in volumes sold …

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