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 15, 2021

Ambassadors representing developing countries posted in Beijing have been invited to an exhibition in Dalian this month created to demonstrate China’s fisheries and aquaculture prowess.

Organized by China’s Agriculture Ministry, the 2021 China International Ocean Pasture and Fishery Exhibition is being hosted by Dalian Ocean University, with the assistance of several other fisheries-related agencies, including the China Society of

Read More
Published on
October 14, 2021

China is organizing a summit with Pacific Island countries in December 2021 to further cooperation in fisheries.

The China Pacific Island Nations Fisheries Cooperation Development summit will take place in conjunction with the China Aquaculture Seeds Expo in Guangzhou this December.

China’s focus for the meeting with Pacific Islands leaders appears to be focused on distant-water fishing rather than aquaculture projects, as the head of

Read More
Published on
October 14, 2021

An energy crunch in China appears to have hit the seafood industry, as a major Fujian-based firm has been forced to write off a large inventory due to power outages over the recent National Day holiday ... 

Photo courtesy of

Read More
Published on
October 13, 2021

China’s per capita seafood consumption slumped last year due to the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns, a new study published by the country’s restaurant trade group has revealed ... 

Photo courtesy of Mark

Read More
Published on
October 11, 2021

Madagascar has become the latest country to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), a potentially significant move, given the country’s location in the Indian Ocean has made it a target for Chinese fisheries investment ... 

Photo courtesy of Lubo

Read More
Published on
October 8, 2021

China destroyed 46.7 tons of seafood found to have excess traces of chemicals used in aquaculture, including malachite green and chloramphenicol, an antibiotic used to treat infections ... 

Photo courtesy of Franck

Read More
Published on
October 8, 2021

A delegate to the World Trade Organization negotiations on ending harmful fishery subsidies has described the current state of talks as "dark."

Members are battling over which authorities should be empowered to adjudicate and prosecute illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing provisions and how much due process should be prescribed to honor an IUU determination.

“The chair of the talks asked members at the close of the meeting

Read More
Published on
October 6, 2021

The need for carbon sequestration in the oceans could potentially change fisheries and spur conservation, according to REV Ocean Science Director Alex Rogers.

The potential for carbon sequestration in fisheries “is certainly entering the dialogues of policymakers,” Rogers told SeafoodSource.

“For example, in the European Commission, there is serious consideration of blue carbon and the interaction of fishing with the carbon

Read More
Published on
October 6, 2021

Government cash is fueling a battle between local governments in China keen to establish dominance in the tuna-processing industry ... 

Photo courtesy of Zhong Nong Modern Agricultural Development

Read More
Published on
October 4, 2021

China has established a fisheries cooperation organization with Portuguese-speaking African countries, with a view to growing bilateral cooperation and importing more African seafood ... 

Photo courtesy of Zaruba

Read More