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
June 19, 2018

The “Tropical Countries Aquaculture Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation Group” is a little-known entity with a potentially enormous impact on future Asian aquaculture production trends. 

Operating out of the China Academy of Fisheries, the entity shares Chinese know-how internationally. Speaking at a major aquaculture conference in Fuzhou recently, the academy’s director, Li Jian, explained how investing overseas

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June 18, 2018

A leading Chinese real estate firm has been hit with a record CNY 37 million (USD 5.7 million, EUR 5 million) fine for coastal construction after an investigation by ocean and fisheries authorities in southern China. 

In a move that will be watched by construction and mariculture concerns across the country, the Zhong Hong Group (which also uses the “Zonhon” name in Roman letters) has been fined, named, and shamed after

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June 8, 2018

China has released billions of fish seedlings across the country and into its seas to mark Fish Release Day, a government initiative to increase awareness about rehabilitation of fish stocks. 

State TV and newspapers across China have run images of government-organized mass releases of fish seedlings. Local branches of the Communist Party teamed up with the Xiamen Ocean and Geography University to release 100,000 head of porgy seedlings,

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June 5, 2018

A mini-scandal was unintentionally sparked in China in late May by the national broadcaster CCTV, when it ran an upbeat report on its business channel on the success of “salmon” producers in the remote westerly province of Qinghai, at the foot of the Himalayas. 

The region of Qinghai produces 30 percent of China’s overall salmon output, according to Wang Yu Hu, head of the Chinese Agricultural Ministry’s office in

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May 31, 2018

A popular Chinese real estate listings company has entered the seafood business with a high-profile launch of a shellfish store in one of Beijing’s best-known food markets.

In mid-May, Bei Ke Zhao Fang (the first character in its name is also the character for “shellfish” in Mandarin) invited journalists and celebrities to the Sanyuanli market for the launch of the first of its stores, a pop-up style venture featuring a large

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May 29, 2018

An event organized to mark World Sea Turtle Day has highlighted rampant destruction of corals in the South China Sea by Chinese fishermen and scavengers.

Chinese authorities gathered journalists in the city of Sanya in the island province of Hainan – a center for fishing in the South China Sea – to record the destruction of hundreds of giant coral shells, sea turtle shells, conch shells, and dried turtles and sea horses. The shells

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May 29, 2018

Chinese travelers looking for an inexpensive, seafood-focused vacation are settling on Thailand in larger and larger numbers. 

Thailand’s Tourism Ministry is projecting 38 million tourist visits this year – including 10 million from China. An estimated 1.2 million Chinese visited Thailand for the Chinese New Year holiday earlier this year.

Masses of Chinese tourists are now traveling abroad and the bulk of the first-time

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Published on
May 24, 2018
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Zanzibar’s fisheries minister has said he’ll be keen to welcome investment by Chinese fishing companies in his island. That’s according to a Chinese report on the visit by the minister, Rashid Ali Juma, to Zhoushan, China’s leading fishing port for the country’s long distance fishing vessels.

During his trip, Rashid met executives from the tuna-focused Tai Ping Rong Fishing Co. as well as the Zhejiang Xing Ye Group.

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May 16, 2018

A prioritization of environmental laws by the national government is bumping up against local ambitions to grow aquaculture in China.

There have been distressful scenes in past weeks at fish farms around the country as farmers have met the full impact of government’s new get-tough approach to water pollution. Farmers of perch, bass, and other species in Guizhou Province protested after being forced to quit their cages on Guang Zhao Lake.

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May 15, 2018

Wenzhou city has forbidden sale of local supplies of eight species of fish during the period of China’s national fishing ban, which runs from May through September.

The species includes croaker, silver pomfret, ribbon fish, mackerel, and mantis shrimp, as well as marine crabs. Posters displayed around the city warn locals against selling or buying the species in the interests of “public welfare.” Other posters and slogans

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