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.

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January 27, 2022

With China rushing to get ready for Chinese New Year celebrations on 1 February, anxieties over COVID-19 appear to have dampened seafood prices and shifted trade online ... 

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January 27, 2022

The construction of a production facility in Chongqing being built by Calysta and Adisseo as part of its Calysseo joint venture is on schedule, “despite the unique challenges 2021,” according to a senior executive at Calysta ... 

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January 27, 2022

A Chinese company catering to the lucrative mother and infant market has been recognized by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) with an award for promoting awareness of certified-sustainable seafood.

Nanjing-based Megzhu Network Technology Co. was given a “Best Partner for Maternal and Infant Seafood” award at a recent ASC China event acknowledging local firms that have adopted and promoted ASC certification. Salmon and other

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January 26, 2022

Chinese subsidies to the country’s distant-water fishing industry are more extensive than those allowed in competing nations and threaten both wild fish stocks and coastal communities in economically vulnerable areas, according to experts watching the sector.

Zhangzhou is battling other cities in Fujian province, including Xiamen and Fuzhou – home to Pingtan Marine and several other distant-water firms – for share of the

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January 25, 2022

Beijing, China-based CNFC Overseas Fishing is projecting improved financial figures for 2021, on the back of rising prices for tuna and more-generous government subsidies ... 

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January 21, 2022

A major Chinese distant-water fishing firm is looking to raise cash to pay for its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

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January 20, 2022

Norway’s seafood shipments to China rose 29 percent in value to NOK 5 billion (USD 550 million, EUR 500 million) and climbed 23 percent in volume to 167,600 metric tons (MT) in 2021.

Yet while shipments have rebounded in tonnage – 2021’s total was down just 0.4 percent in volume compared to 2019 figures – Norway’s seafood exports have yet to recover to pre COVID-19 levels in terms of ...

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January 19, 2022

Irish seafood exports to China recovered somewhat in 2021, rebounding from the previous year’s low base …

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January 19, 2022

A new U.K.-based foundation established by some of the world’s foremost experts on sturgeon has the goal of protecting the species from a rise in the fraudulent marketing of caviar.

Foundation for the Conservation of Sturgeon Secretary Alfred Cohen, an academic and sturgeon expert, said his organization intends to work with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other regulatory

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January 18, 2022

China has marked the first successful trade in carbon credits from the aquaculture sector and is seeking to promote the trade as a major new source of income for the marine aquaculture sector.

A pilot program in Liancheng County in Fujian Province have traded 15,000 metric tons (MT) worth of carbon credits for CNY 12 million (USD 1.8 million, EUR 1.5 million) on what’s described as China’s first marine carbon sink trading platform at

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