Mark Godfrey

Contributing Editor

Mark Godfrey is an Irish journalist covering the agriculture and fisheries sectors in Asia, with a focus on China. Proficient in Mandarin, he has frequently traveled across China's fisheries and aquaculture regions and learned the inner workings of China's corporate world during a nearly three-year stint at the Financial Times' “China Confidential” publication. He has also reported widely across Southeast Asia and the former Soviet Union. He has educational certificates in agriculture and food science, as well as Mandarin.

Published on
December 9, 2019

A tender issued by local government in Guangdong Province suggests a spate of new integrated aquaculture-solar installations is underway in China, benefiting firms like the Tongwei Group, which is a leader in aquafeed and tilapia production as well as solar panel manufacturing.

A circular issued from the Taishan region in Guangdong for the installation of 200 megawatts (MW) of solar panel capacity is one of a string of similar new tenders issued

Read More
Published on
December 6, 2019

Based in Singapore with developers in Poland and with support from the state seafood promotion body in Ireland, Catchatrade Ltd. is led by CEO and founder Stephen O’Sullivan. The Catchatrade app, now in its beta version, is intended to make life easier for seafood traders, while also bringing more capital into the aquaculture sector and even functioning as a social platform for the seafood community to meet up, according to

Read More
Published on
November 27, 2019

Dmitri Sclabos is a self-proclaimed expert in Antarctic krill. And he has the bona fides to back up that assertion. An agronomist and graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Dmitri Sclabos started working in the krill fishing and processing sector in the early 1990’s. Sclabos has risen to become managing director of Tharos,  a Santiago, Chile-based consultancy that has worked in the South Antarctic krill fishery

Read More
Published on
November 22, 2019

A social media campaign encouraging shoppers to consume more sustainable seafood by eating more tilapia drove a large increase in sales on promoted products in related online stores, according to the NGO behind the campaign.

GoalBlue, a Shenzhen, China-based NGO seeking to make Chinese consumers’ choices more sustainable, ran a two-week campaign around celebrity chef Mi Zi Jun – who has an online following of 13 million

Read More
Published on
November 18, 2019

Low tuna prices and a heavy debt burden have forced a leading Chinese fishery firm into the arms of a larger rival, in what could be the first in a round of consolidation in the crowded Chinese distant-water sector.

CNFC Overseas Fishery Co., China’s flagship state-owned fishery company, has acquired the local longline tuna firm Zhejiang Fenghui Distant Water Fishery Co for a cash payment of CNY 58 million (USD 8.23 million, EUR 7.45

Read More
Published on
November 18, 2019

Bangladesh could become an offshore production base for one of China’s most in-demand species, loach, following a recent exchange of expertise between the two countries.

A Bangladeshi delegation recently traveled to China’s Fujian Province for a government-funded training session. The delegation of 30 officials and aquaculture executives studied water quality, aeration techniques, and disease control at the Fujian Academy of

Read More
Published on
November 18, 2019

Tilapia is the second-most farmed food fish species in the world and China’s role as its leading producer makes it the ideal place to make an impact, according to the Netherlands-based Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH. Dedicated to reducing disease, pollution, and feed wastage in aquaculture, IDH has been running a program in China’s Hainan Province to improve tilapia farmers’ incomes and make the sector more attractive to

Read More
Published on
November 12, 2019

An offshore aquaculture system being built by two powerful Chinese state-owned corporations off the east Chinese coast will enter into service in 2022. 

China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) has been contracted by Qingdao Guo Xin Development Group, a state investment vehicle and real estate developer in Qingdao, to build a 100,000-ton platform to be docked in the Yellow Sea. The system, which is being marketed as “high tech, automated

Read More
Published on
November 12, 2019

Dalian, China-based Zoneco is claiming up to 80 percent of its scallop stocks have died and is flagging major losses for 2019 for its investors.

Zoneco’s estimate is based on sampling from censors that monitor the firm’s scallops, according to a public filing by the company, which said the reason for the die-off has not yet been determined.

Zoneco, which is listed on the  Shenzhen Stock Exchange as Zhangzidao Group Co., has

Read More
Published on
November 11, 2019

The government of Myanmar has targeted aquaculture as a solution to widespread malnutrition and rural poverty in the Southeast Asian nation. With its 2,000 kilometers of coastline, Myanmar has the potential to reach the production levels of its neighbor, Thailand, as a seafood producer, according to Kevin Fitzsimmons, a professor in the department of soil, water, and environmental science at the University of Arizona and director of the

Read More