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
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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Published on
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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Published on
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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December 17, 2021

The Chilean Salmon Council – formed by AquaChile, Australis, Salmones Aysén, Cermaq, and Mowi – has released its first-ever sustainable impact report.

The report reviews seven categories of the member companies’ social, economic, and environmental impacts in 2020. The release of the report just 18 months after the Salmon Council was formed “demonstrates the transparency of the trade association and its member

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December 16, 2021

AquaChile has divested from its tilapia operations in Costa Rica to fully concentrate on salmon production, selling its subsidiary Grupo ACI to the Costa Rica-based seafood company Martec for an undisclosed amount …

Photo courtesy of Rainforest

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December 14, 2021

A court of law in southern Chile’s Puerto Aysén has levied a fine of CLP 344 million (USD 407,600, EUR 360,300) against a subsidiary of AquaChile – the country’s largest salmon farmer and second-largest worldwide – for reported infractions associated with the mismanagement of mortality in its salmon-production process 

Photo courtesy of

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December 9, 2021

Guayaquil, Ecuador-based Bioconversión has opened a USD 2.5 million (EUR 2.2 million) plan producing insect meal – the first such insect meal production plant of its kind in Latin America.

Founded in 2019, the biowaste-to-protein processing firm will use black solder fly (hermetia illucens) larvae to produce 1,200 metric tons (MT) of animal feed and 5,000 MT of fertilizer a year.

The plant will annually use 14,500 MT of organic

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