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
June 19, 2019

Seven newly built fishing boats, including the “Lu Yan Kaiyuan Fishing 506” and “Lu Yan Kaiyuan Fishing 877” have set sail from Ba Jiao Port in Yantai, China, this week and will take 45 days to reach the coast of Sierra Leone in West Africa.

The boats are owned by Yantai Development Zone Yugang Fishing Development Co., which has also been developing a logistics port and real estate projects in Yantai, a coastal city with

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June 18, 2019

A city on China’s heavily overfished Yellow Sea coast is seeking to create artificial reefs on an industrial scale as part of its plan for offshore aquaculture. 

Vessels are dropping pre-fabricated concrete boxes into Bohai Bay, off the shore of Tangshan in Hebei Province, as part of the Tangshan Ocean Pasture project. The project is driven by local government and which involves the Tangshan Ocean Ranch Co. working alongside

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June 13, 2019

Chinese consumers are willing to pay a premium of up to 30 percent for sustainable seafood, according to a research report compiled by a local environmental NGO. 

According to the research report compiled by GoalBlue, a Shenzhen-based nonprofit seeking to make Chinese consumer choices more sustainable, 80 percent of those surveyed in China’s first-tier cities reported they’d be willing to pay up to 30 percent premium for

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June 10, 2019

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is reaching out directly to the Chinese public in a bid to turn opinion against illegal fishing.

The FAO recently launched a social media campaign on Chinese social media in Mandarin, aimed at popular platforms including microblogging site Weibo. The campaign calls for locals to “fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing” and also calls for the

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June 6, 2019

One of China’s largest seafood companies has purchased a distant-water fishing company to expand its Pacific tuna fleet. 

CNFC Overseas Fisheries, the listed arm of state-owned China National Fisheries Corp (CNFC) has announced that it has provisionally bought Zhejiang Feng Hui Distant Water Fishing Co, an operator with seven trawlers, including six longline vessels, and the Feng Hui 9, a squid trawler. Feng Hui also has aquaculture

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May 31, 2019

China has a new driver of salmon sales this summer – salmon floss snacks for children and the elderly, marketed as health-boosting superfood.

Floss, or ruosong, is a Chinese specialty made by dehydrating meat or fish until it has a fluffy texture similar to cotton.

Among the players in the burgeoning salmon floss market is Taiwan-based Wei I Foodstuffs Co. Ltd. which is selling “Wei I” brand cans of salmon floss at CNY 68.00

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May 29, 2019

It may be a top destination for fish processing, but China isn’t yet proving a sure bet for seafood processing equipment-makers. 

Increased demand from China for seafood – and anticipated further increases – is central to much of the ongoing investment in seafood production and processing technology in Norway and Chile and other leading exporters of seafood. 

But increased seafood consumption in China is not leading

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May 22, 2019

Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei is bringing 5G technology to offshore aquaculture, helping to meet government goals of increasing output while also turning the farms into a major tourist attraction. 

Authorities in Rongcheng have this week been touting “China’s first 5G fish farm,” equipped with real-time camera technology allowing visitors a 3D experience of underwater life. The technology is also helping assist

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May 20, 2019

A Chinese firm has launched what it claims is the world’s largest purpose-built vessel for fishing Antarctic krill. 

The 21-meter vessel was launched in Guangzhou by Jiangsu Shen Lan Distant Water Fishing Co., which aims to increase its krill processing. The vessel was built by state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC). The new vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art freezing technology and will service China and export

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May 20, 2019

More scrupulous fisheries companies with brands and reputations to protect are increasingly distancing themselves from the abusive practices and non-compliance of rogue players in the industry.

Despite that, with global fish stocks tightening, laborers have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous operators seeking to retain a competitive advantage.

Western retailers have been turning to certification bodies and inspection agencies to assess the

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