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 3, 2020

The refusal of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to agree on new marine protected areas around Antarctica at its recent meeting was predictable, according to an expert on the krill-fishing sector, who sees jockeying for krill stocks in the Southern Ocean as a proxy in a wider geopolitical competition ... 

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Published on
December 2, 2020

A new initiative designed to lessen humanity’s negative impacts on the world’s oceans has been signed by 14 countries.

Several of the countries belonging to the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, a consortium of ocean-dependent countries founded in 2018 to initiate action to improve global marine sustainability efforts, announced the Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: A Vision for

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December 1, 2020

Zhoushan, China’s leading distant-water fishing port, has announced a sharp increase in its incoming shipments of squid so far this year ... 

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December 1, 2020

With the World Trade Organization currently hosting last-ditch talks on ending harmful fisheries subsidies, there is increased worry among observers that a deal may not get done.

Delegations are working to close the gaps in a text circulated at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, according to Annabelle Bladon, a researcher on the blue economy at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

"These talks have been

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December 1, 2020

The preference of Chinese consumers for imported seafood is waning, according to the boss of a major importer ... 

Photo courtesy of Shandong Ocean

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November 30, 2020

Even as it struggles with weaker salmon prices and rising debt loads, Legend Holding’s Joyvio Group, which has in recent years made a significant investment into the global seafood industry, has had scored a win with an investment into a seafood snack-maker focused on the Chinese domestic market …

Photo courtesy of Hunan Huawen Food

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Published on
November 27, 2020

The Marine Stewardship Council is seeking to expand its recognition among Chinese consumers by launching a new app that helps customers find out more about products bearing the MSC eco-label in China’s retail outlets.

There has been a rising preoccupation with health and wellness among China’s consumers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Personal health and environmental health are intertwined,” said the MSC statement,

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November 25, 2020

Demand for labor-saving machines remains strong among Chinese seafood processors, according to Wang Yunfeng, the CEO and founder of Shanghai AUS Food Technology Co., which imports fish processing machines from Europe to China. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wang’s firm has received more inquiries as factories began to see the potential of machines in avoiding disruption from pandemic contagion.

In an interview with SeafoodSource,

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Published on
November 23, 2020

A new Chinese government task force to share aquaculture techniques with countries aligned with its Belt and Road Initiative is organizing a free webinar on aquaculture this week.

Titled “Sustainable Aquaculture Development: Response Strategies Towards [a] Post-Pandemic [World],” the conference will take place on 24 and 25 November.

The forum is being co-organized by the Chinese Agriculture Ministry’s Belt and Road Training

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November 20, 2020

In West Africa, artisanal fishermen are banding together to defend themselves from Chinese fishing vessels, which they blame with creating an impending collapse of regional fishery stocks. And in Latin America, a new industry group has sprung up to defend local fisheries from a Chinese fleet that numbers in the hundreds.

Incursions by Chinese industrial-scale trawlers are threatening the livelihoods of millions of artisanal fishermen in both

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