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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February 18, 2020
After a decade of trying to be China’s top local producer, China’s salmon farming pioneer has sold its assets to a state-owned conglomerate. Shandong, China-based Oriental Ocean has gotten CNY 226 million (USD 31.6 million, EUR 29.3 million) for its “salmon-raising facilities” in the Dajijia industrial zone, near the city of Yantai on China’s east coast, according to a company letter to investors. The buyer is a new joint venture… Read More
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February 17, 2020

Deep-sea aquaculture projects in Cambodia are being planned by a major Chinese distant-water fishing operator as it seeks higher yields from self-sourced product to supplement its extensive distribution business

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February 14, 2020

The financial repercussions of the coronavirus is starting to take a bite out of China’s domestic seafood sector.

Closed for dining, a leading seafood restaurant chain in the country’s south has started to discount and sell off its inventories. The Yu Min Xin Cun (also trading as Village Fisherman) chain of traditional Cantonese-style restaurants in Guangzhou is now selling grouper at CNY 299 (USD 42.80, 3948) per fish, when it

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February 13, 2020

Price growth for seafood imported into Hong Kong is slowing even as demand for seafood continues to grow, according to one of the biggest sushi chains operating in the city-state.

Average wholesale costs of seafood rose by an average 7.8 percent per year between 2014 and 2018 and will rise an average 2.8 percent per year between 2018 and 2023, according to documents published by leading local Japanese restaurant chain operator Daikiya Group

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February 10, 2020

A colorful corruption case in China’s seafood region, involving speed boats and cash bribes, has shone a light on the scale of China’s fisheries subsidy regime and how it’s open to abuse by Communist Party officials who administer it.

Wang Ji Shan, former head of the Ocean and Fisheries Bureau in Li Jin County near Dongying on the east coast, has been charged with funneling millions of yuan in licenses and subsidies to the

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February 10, 2020

One of China’s fastest-growing seafood restaurant chains and a big pangasius buyer has battled through the coronavirus crisis by ramping up home deliveries and promising customers “real-time monitoring” of the body temperatures of delivery staff.

Foot traffic has plummeted at Yu Guo Tian Qing restaurants due to fears about the coronavirus, which has killed more than 900 people in China as it has spread to more locations after

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February 6, 2020

Some of the key global instruments to fight illegal fishing are under-resourced and underperforming, according to Sally Yozell, director of the environmental security program at the Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C., U.S.A.-based think-tank. Previously a senior adviser to former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Yozell was instrumental in starting the Our Ocean Conference. In her role at the Stimson Center, Yozell focuses on ocean security,

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February 4, 2020

One of China’s leading aquaculture companies has reported a poor 2019 financial performance due to a troubled diversification strategy and a stricter enforcement of new environmental rules by the Chinese government.

Dahu Aquaculture Co., which produces crabs and freshwater fish largely for the domestic market, is flagging losses of CNY 120 million to CNY 140 million (USD 16.8 million to USD 19.6 million, EUR 15.5 million to EUR 18.1

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February 3, 2020

The share price of a fish-focused Chinese restaurant chain that scored an oversubscribed initial public offering in January is taking a hit from the coronavirus outbreak.

Shares of Jiumaojiu International Holdings Ltd. dropped from HKD 10.00 (USD 1.28, EUR 1.16) on January 20 to HKD 8.00 (USD 1.02, EUR 0.93) on 3 February as investors worried about the impact of restaurant closures on the company’s earnings.

Guangzhou, China-based

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February 3, 2020

With coronavirus restrictions denting consumption at what’s traditionally the year’s peak seafood sales period, investors in some of China’s biggest names have been digesting poor results for 2019 ... 

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