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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August 29, 2018

China is helping Costa Rica ramp up its shrimp production through a training course paid for by the Ministry of Commerce of China.

The 2018 Costa Rica Marine Fisheries Cultivation and Breeding Training Course was hosted in August at the National University of Costa Rica in Heredia and opened by vice president, Marvin Rodriguez, who thanked China for helping the country improve education levels on the country’s coast according to a note

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August 27, 2018

Companies that send U.S.-caught seafood to China for processing and then reimport it are facing 10 to 25 percent tariffs as the result of a trade war initiated by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The goods in the latest round of tariffs announced in July by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, on its “USTR List 3,” include a wide range of seafood items. They are scheduled to be enacted in September.

Ian W. Moores, general counsel

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August 24, 2018

China’s shrimp buyers should be securing supply through acquisitions of production facilities in Mexico, according to a Mexican producer seeking Chinese shrimp investment. 

China should tap into Mexico and farm its own shrimp there – that’s according to Guadalajara-based shrimp farmer Jimmy Urrutia, who is trying to tempt Chinese firms to his property, which adjoins Ocean Garden’s facilities, on Mexico’s

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August 24, 2018

Norway is capitalizing on the recent controversy surrounding the naming of salmon and domestically-bred rainbow trout in China. 

Norwegian fishery and consular officials have signed a “strategic cooperation” agreement with Alibaba-owned chain Hema Xiansheng in a tie-up that emphasises the “reliable” – and fully-Norwegian – nature of the latter’s salmon supply to Chinese consumers.

This is

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August 17, 2018

A stand-off between shrimp farmers and authorities in eastern China has highlighted the pressure on China’s aquaculture sector from the enforcement of stricter environmental laws. 

Tighter enforcement of environmental regulations has seen wholesale closures of aquaculture facilities in sensitive shoreline, wetland and reservoir areas around China this year, with a resultant inflationary impact on prices.  

After authorities

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August 14, 2018

An effort to court major retailers in China appears to be paying off for the Marine Stewardship Council, which teamed with Walmart and the China Chain Store and Franchising Association (CCFA) for the launch of a “Sustainable Seafood Week” in a Sam’s Club store in Shenzhen the week of 13 August. 

Chinese retailers want to make the upstream portion of the supply chain more sustainable, according to Pei Liang, secretary

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August 1, 2018

Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) is teaming up with a giant, state-owned firm to farm shrimp in China's Hainan Province.

Earlier this month, representatives from CP and Hai Ken Group – also known as Hainan State Farm Group – met to approve the start to a series of a shrimp farm build-outs; the farms’ eventual output is expected to reach 10,000 tons per year. The project is part of a bigger “modern

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July 31, 2018

The current Sino-U.S. trade war, which has seen tariffs imposed on most seafood products from China, is causing many seafood processing companies in China to reassess whether or not to move their operations out of the country. This is the second of a two-part series looking into the issue. Part one, "Is trade war pushing seafood processing out of China?" was published on Monday, 30 July.

SeafoodSource conducted a rudimentary if revelatory

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July 30, 2018

The current Sino-U.S. trade war, which has seen tariffs imposed on most seafood products from China (but not on re-exported processed product), is causing many seafood processing companies in China to reassess whether or not to move their operations out of China. This is the first of a two-part series looking into the issue.

Many seafood processing companies are now assessing whether to move to another Asian location where wages and costs are

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July 30, 2018

A tourist arriving back from Mozambique with 12 lobsters in his suitcase has been warned his name will be put on a centralized “black list” if he’s found bringing seafood from abroad back into China again. 

The seizure, which occurred at Wenzhou Airport, has renewed worries among Chinese customs authorities regarding rampant smuggling of seafood by China’s ever-growing tourist masses.

Customs authorities have been

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