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 1, 2019

Jane Bi is the Asia business development officer at the Global Aquaculture Alliance, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A. nonprofit that operates the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party seafood eco-certification program. BAP certification promotes “science-based and continuously improved performance standards” for the aquaculture supply chain from farms to feed mills and processors. 

Originally from China, Bi has worked

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January 31, 2019

The world’s largest cuttlefish processing center will be built in the Chinese east coast fishing port of Zhoushan, according to officials involved in the project.

The plans were announced by leaders of China Agricultural Development Zhoushan Long-Distance Fishing Industry Co. Ltd. at an event marking the restructuring of the company to focus on global cuttlefish and squid stocks.

The firm is a subsidiary of the Agricultural Development Co,

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January 25, 2019

One of China’s leading distant-water fishing firms has confirmed a larger-than-expected 492 percent rise in net profits for the first three quarters of 2018. 

Shanghai Kaichuang Marine International Co. Ltd. reported an 11.3 percent year-on-year rise in revenue in the period, to CNY 1.42 billion (USD 209.2 million, EUR 184.4 million). The firm had projected an 11 percent rise in revenues for the first three quarters of 2018 and a 347

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January 24, 2019

Tony Long is the CEO of Global Fishing Watch, a freely accessible and near real-time digital map of the global ocean aimed at exposing illegal fishing. With Japan, Peru, and Indonesia all recently agreeing to share data with Global Fishing Watch as part of an effort to combat illegal fishing, Long is now pushing for more countries to contribute data. Additionally, Long’s office is working with governments and NGOs to make the Global

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January 23, 2019

One of China’s leading seafood production regions is embarking on an ambitious project to test-run offshore aquaculture integrated with wind farms. 

At a government press conference to launch the “Shandong Province Modern Ocean Farming Comprehensive Pilot Scheme Construction Project,” several officials from the Agriculture Department and provincial Ocean Affairs Bureau announced they will build 83 ocean pastures over

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January 21, 2019

Negotiations amongst World Trade Organization member nations over the elimination of fisheries subsidies have intensified, according to a WTO announcement made at the tail end of 2018. WTO member states face a mandate of achieving an agreement by the end of 2019, in time to announce the agreement at the 2020 Ministerial Conference in Kazakhstan. 

One of the linchpins of any deal will be China, the world’s biggest fishing country by

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January 21, 2019

A new body has been set up in China to harness big data and artificial intelligence to modernize the country’s aquaculture and wild-catch fisheries. 

The China Intelligent Fisheries Association was created recently as a sub-group of the China Fisheries Association (CFA) to bring data specialists, fishing companies, and government officials together to harness data to improve management in both catch and farmed fisheries. 

Xie

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January 15, 2019

China’s central government spent CNY 200 million (USD 29.6 million, EUR 25.8 million) to promote “deep-sea” aquaculture in 2018 in eight provinces. 

The central government will spend an additional CNY 1.69 billion (USD 250 million, EUR 218 million) between 2015 and 2019 on “ocean pastures” (also translated as “sea ranches”) for aquaculture, according to a Ministry of Agriculture document summarizing

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January 11, 2019

Xuefeng Han is the secretary-general of the Hainan Tilapia Sustainability Alliance, an industry-led initiative to promote sustainable tilapia production in Hainan, a southern island province in China and one of the country’s top three tilapia-producing regions. Han’s organization is pushing for a transformation of China’s tilapia sector into more sustainable, higher-value production, a major component of which is encouraging

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January 7, 2019

Exports have hit an all-time high at one of China’s leading distant-water ports, which is reporting strong growth in exports of processed products to developing countries – which in many cases are also the focus of China’s distant water fleets. 

In the first 10 months of 2018, the port city of Quanzhou shipped 140,140 metric tons worth USD 408 million (EUR 355.5 million), figures that are up 42.1 percent and 50.9 percent,

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