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
May 14, 2021

China’s requirements for seafood imports could more than treble to as high as 18 million metric tons (MT) by 2030, according to a report published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, “China at a Crossroads: An Analysis of China's Changing Seafood Production and Consumption.” Imports hit a high of 4.3 million MT in 2019, but fell 20 percent last year. The report was coauthored by Beatrice Crona, the executive director for

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May 14, 2021

An Australian fishery consultancy, which has taken a financial hit from the fallout of the failed Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of the orange roughy fishery, claims the MSC’s reputation may be damaged in the country by the certification's failure.

“Just as MSC was about to take a step forward in Australia it takes several backwards and will become less relevant,” Simon Boag, a fisheries advisor at

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May 13, 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based market research agency Future Market Insights (FMI) is projecting that global tilapia production and consumption over the coming decade will quadruple.

The consultancy’s study claims “penetration of Chinese cuisine in Europe and North America” has driven demand for tilapia in those territories. An increase in demand for convenience food “will boost the demand for

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May 11, 2021

The European Union has decided to cancel a derogation for Ireland on how the country’s catch is weighed, a move that could presage a series of legal cases against fishing firms for past practices.

The E.U. wants fish caught in Ireland weighed on the pier rather than in factories, but the fact that some of the factories in the key fishing port of Killybegs are located a mile inland makes an alternative system hard to build without damaging

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May 7, 2021

The United States recently announced it was joining the European Union and several other countries in pushing for the designation of two marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica.

Both the U.S. and the E.U. now officially support the creation of the East Antarctic and Weddell Sea MPAs, to be overseen by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The designations would move the

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May 6, 2021

Complaints of the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) control in regulating the sales of caviar are misdirected, according to a prominent Iranian industry insider.

Leading British caviar trader Cyrus Tabrizi, the director of London, U.K.-based Caspian Monarque, has called for a tightening of appellation rules for sturgeon, which he claimed are being abused by distributors

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May 5, 2021

Chinese distant-water fishing company Pingtan Marine was late filing its Form 10-K with the Nasdaq Stock Exchange ... 

Photo courtesy of Pingtan

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May 4, 2021

Zhanjiang, China-based Guolian Aquatic is crediting new value-added products like Spanish paella and crayfish hotdogs with lifting its revenues in the first quarter of 2021 by 15 percent ... 

Photo courtesy of Guolian

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May 4, 2021

The chairman and CEO leading Chinese salmon distributor Jia Wo Agricultural Development Co. (Joyvio) has resigned for health reasons.

The firm told investors at the beginning of the traditional Labor Day holiday on 1 May that Tang Jie is leaving the firm to take care of personal health issues.

Tang was central to the company’s goal to increase production at its Chilean salmon farmer Australis Seafood – which the company

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May 3, 2021

Explosive growth in China’s crayfish production may be leveling off.

Production of farmed crayfish is likely to stay at ... 

Photo courtesy of Min

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