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
July 23, 2021

Even as the Chinese government negotiates at the World Trade Organization for the phasing-out of harmful fishery subsidies at home, Fujian Province has announced a spate of new subsidies for its large distant-water fishing fleet.

Payments for new vessels and handouts to encourage the shipment home of tuna catches are part of a new plan recently published by the Fujian government.

Titled “Eight Measures for the High-Quality Development of

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Published on
July 23, 2021

Global certification standard Friend of the Sea has certified Feteira, Ilha Do Faial, Portugal-based seaExpert for sustainable seaweed production.

Established in 2003 in the Azores archipelago, a Portuguese archipelago located in the North Atlantic Ocean, seaExpert deploys divers to manually harvest seaweed. SeaExpert harvests nine different species of algae, which are dried in green houses and solar dryers. Its clients include makers of

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Published on
July 22, 2021

Three major corporations are looking for more investors to join a Sino-Indonesian fishery development project that will include mariculture as well as seafood processing facilities

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Published on
July 21, 2021

China’s leading port for unloading and processing squid is reporting a surge in throughput this year. Zhoushan, located south of Shanghai, recorded a 61 percent year-on-year increase in its squid landings in the first half of 2021 ... 

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Published on
July 21, 2021

Tilapia farm-gate prices in China have increased by 15 percent year on year according to a leading producer and processor …

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Published on
July 20, 2021

Following the passing of a 15 July deadline for World Trade Organization member-states to achieve an agreement on ending harmful fishing subsidies, the WTO head and The Pew Charitable Trusts are criticizing negotiators for failing to put aside national interests to strike a deal that would benefit the world’s oceans and marine life.

The world’s largest fishing nations are dodging their responsibilities, according to Isabel Jarrett,

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Published on
July 16, 2021

With enforcement actions taken against two Chinese distant-water fishing firms it has accused of illicit activity, and with a move to insert verbiage on forced labor into the ongoing World Trade Organization negotiations on ending harmful fishing subsidies, the United States has recently prioritized an effort to eradicate forced labor from its seafood supply chains.

Numerous U.S. and global non-governmental organizations have stepped up their

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Published on
July 15, 2021

China’s leading port for unloading and processing squid is reporting a surge in throughput this year, at a time of heightened concern in Latin America over management of squid stocks.

Volume into Zhoushan increased by 61 percent year on year in the first half of 2021, according to the management bureau of Zhoushan Distant Water Fishery Port which manages the port and adjacent industrial park.

190,000 metric tons (MT) of squid and 100,000

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Published on
July 15, 2021

Indonesia-based Salim Group has joined a Sino Indonesian fishery development project that will include mariculture, as well as seafood processing facilities

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July 14, 2021

China’s domestic aquaculture sector is shifting its production focus to a later harvest in order to supply rising demand from within the country, according to a leading Chinese supplier of fishmeal and fish oil.

A fishmeal trader with an IFFO-certified fish oil refining plant, Fujian High Fortune Bio-Tech Group also has a GMP plant for omega-3 related products and healthcare industry production. Its clients are in the human consumption and

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