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
October 14, 2019

Rising water temperature due to climate change is devastating sea cucumber stocks in the traditional breeding grounds of northern China, according to the builder of a giant new indoor farm in northerly Liaoning Province.

Djames Lim is CEO and chief aquaculture officer of Lim Shrimp Organization, which has invested USD 25 million (EUR 22.6 million) in his group is billing as the “world’s largest indoor

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October 14, 2019

A Chinese non-governmental organization has signed up a social media celebrity chef to encourage consumers to eat more sustainable seafood – by eating more tilapia.

Mi Zi Jun, a celebrity chef with an online following of 13 million on the Weibo microblogging platform, has been signed up by GoalBlue, a Shenzhen-based NGO seeking to make Chinese consumer choices more sustainable. Her videos could prove a major boost for local producers of

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October 4, 2019

Seafood restaurants and vendors in Italy, Japan, and Thailand will get crowded this week as China, the world’s top source of tourists, takes its annual holiday. 

Those three countries will be the primary overseas destinations for Chinese travelers during this year’s Golden Week, the week-long break commencing with National Day, according to research by leading local online travel agency, Ctrip.

And changing Chinese travel trends

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September 27, 2019

A veteran of Cargill’s aquafeed trading wing, Petter M. Johannessen last year took over as director general of IFFO, which represents global fishmeal and fish oil producers and their trade associates. The London, United Kingdom-based organization will hold its 59th annual conference on 4 to 6 November, 2019, in Shanghai, China, at a time of rising Chinese demand for feed inputs, but also increased interest in alternatives to fishmeal and

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September 19, 2019

A Chinese seafood hot pot restaurant chain has opened its 700th franchised store in Xian amid signals that younger Chinese consumers are shifting preferences.

Ai La Bo Bo (which also uses the English name ‘I Love Bo Bo’), plans to increase its outlet network from 700 to 1,000 stores in the next three years, according to Jiang Xiao Ye, founder and CEO of the company – which is based in Shijiazhuang, a city two hours by train

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September 19, 2019

Worries over food safety and a clamor for international business contacts are big motivators for Chinese seafood distributors to get in touch with western sustainability certification programs. That’s according to Jane Bi, Asia business development director at the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), who talked to SeafoodSource about the strategies the organization uses to grow its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program in

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September 17, 2019

A Chinese fishery firm has commissioned 23 offshore pens off the coast of Brunei in the first phase of an aquaculture investment – another clear signal Chinese aquaculture firms are offshoring production.

The Hai Shi Tong Fishery Co. intends to install 133 cages in a 2,000-hectare fishery zone off the coast of the island nation, which is also a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN has a free trade pact

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Published on
September 10, 2019

China’s aquaculture sector is being eyed as a key driver for growth by a local yeast-focused feed ingredients firm which has doubled revenues over the last three years.

Zhejiang Dong Cheng Biotech Co Ltd (it also uses the brand name ‘Dochoo’) saw revenues total CNY 140 million (USD 19.7 million EUR 17.8 million) in 2018 and the firm aims to increase that figure to CNY 400 million (USD 56.2 million, EUR 50.9 million) in 2021,

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Published on
September 9, 2019

The urgency for feed efficiency in aquaculture has become acutely obvious given the price of fishmeal will rise 90 percent in real terms between 2010 and 2030, with fish oil price rising 70 percent in the same time frame, according to a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) projection. At the same time China, the world’s leading aquaculture producer, has sought to tame growth in volume for better environmental standards. 

It seems

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September 5, 2019

Argentinean police have shared documents seized in a seafood fraud bust with their Chinese counterparts in a bid to smash a Chinese corporate tax evasion racket that resulted in SD 27 million (EUR 24.4 million) lost in export taxes to the exchequer.

Argentinean federal investigators seized 150 boxes of currency, passports, and digital devices during 16 raids in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata last month targeting Chinese seafood firms. Argentine

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