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 25, 2021

The value of Chile’s salmon exports reached USD 4.4 billion (EUR 3.6 billion) in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, placing the commodity at the top of the country’s food exports and in second place for exports overall – behind only the country’s cash cow, copper.

While salmon remained an important export commodity in 2020, according to the latest report from the Chilean Salmon Council, the amount of salmon exported

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Published on
January 14, 2021

Jessica Fuentes has been appointed as acting national director of Chile’s national fisheries and aquaculture service, Sernapesca, stepping up from her position as deputy legal director at the same government entity.

Fuentes is a lawyer by profession, with experience in the fisheries and aquaculture field. She served for five years as head of the legal division at the Undersecretariat of Fisheries in Chile, and also as legislative advisor

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January 12, 2021

Researchers from the University of Chile’s FAVET-Inbiogen Laboratory have been able to map the complete genome of the native Seriola lalandi for the first time in the world, which has implications for advancing the ability to farm the fish in land-based recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).

The program has been developed within the framework of the Seriola Strategic Technological Program, sponsored by the Chilean economic development

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January 12, 2021

Alicia Gallardo Lagno has been appointed by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera as the new undersecretary of fisheries and aquaculture, a regulatory agency known as Subpesca. Gallardo Lagno is the first woman to hold that position in the nearly 45 years of the department’s existence.

Highlighting the “clear contribution” that fishing and aquaculture make to the country – including food security, employment,

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January 5, 2021

A fleet of more than 300 mostly Chinese-flagged fishing ships that caused consternation among the governments of Ecuador and Peru this summer when it was spotted fishing around their respective exclusive economic zones, has continued to fish in the Pacific Ocean around South America, and affected countries are coordinating actions to stop it.

The fleet was spotted by Ecuadorian maritime officials in mid-July as it arrived outside of the

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January 5, 2021

A Chilean court of appeals in the city of Punta Arenas has confirmed a fine of some CLP 153 million (USD 217,000, EUR 177,000) against salmon farmer Nova Austral for falsifying mortality reports at centers in the Magallanes region, and has extended the sanction to include the suspension of one production cycle at the company’s Aracena 3 center

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January 4, 2021

A new report from the Packard and Walton Family Foundations has identified five key areas of focus that the seafood industry would need to build upon to develop demand in emerging sustainability markets in Latin America and Asia, Walton Family Foundation (WFF) Senior Program Officer Teresa Ish said during the Latin American Summit for Fishing and Aquaculture Sustainability.

Ish – who manages grants for WFF’s Environment Program,

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December 15, 2020

Three of Chile’s largest seafood farming operators have posted their third-quarter results for 2020. 

During the third quarter, Chilean salmon farming company Nova Austral’s revenues increased 26 percent to USD 39.7 million (EUR 32.8 million) when compared to the same period in 2019, mainly due to higher volumes sold and partially offset by lower market prices, the company reported to the Oslo stock market, where it is traded

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December 14, 2020

Latin American governments must take a more preponderant role in helping to introduce, drive and encourage diversification of the aquaculture sector throughout the region, according to several leading market observers speaking at the Latin American Summit for Fishing and Aquaculture Sustainability.

The conference was hosted by COMEPESCA, the Mexican Council for the Promotion of Seafood Consumption and Aquaculture Products, and took place in an

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December 10, 2020

AquaChile, Chile’s largest salmon and trout farmer, has reached another milestone, shipping fresh salmon from the Puerto Natales airport in the southern Magallanes region directly to the United States for the first time ... 

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