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
November 12, 2018

A representative body for the lucrative mitten crab trade in China has introduced blockchain technology to counter firms illicitly using the appellation for the lucrative Yangcheng Lake crabs, which are classified under China’s Geographical Indicator (GI) mark.

The technology was devised by the government-run Suzhou Quality Inspection Bureau and the Inspur Group, a local IT firm. Also involved in the pilot project is the State Development

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November 9, 2018

Somalia’s Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Resources Abdullahi Bidhan Warsame recently met with Chinese Ambassador Qin Jian to discuss deepening the two countries’ fisheries connections.

Warsame said he would be interested receiving Chinese fisheries training and investments in infrastructure such as cold-chain, fish ports, processing facilities, and preparing products for export in exchange for allowing China greater access to its

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Published on
November 8, 2018

In a remarkable turnaround over the past several years, China has shifted from prioritizing production and value in its domestic seafood sector to placing a greater emphasis on the environment.

China’s government has begun an unprecedented clean-up of the country’s chaotic and fragmented aquaculture sector. In the latest in a slew of environmental enforcement actions that have ramped up over the past year, thousands of tons of fry

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November 5, 2018

An elite university in China has set up a new research project with key fishing authorities in the country’s leading fisheries city. 

A project to establish “fishery performance indicators” is being drawn up by the Fishery Economy Research Task Force, part of the National Development Research Institute at what’s considered one of the country’s top universities.

Researchers from the National Development Research

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Published on
October 30, 2018

Authorities in Jiangsu Province’s recently issued a notice to “quit shrimp or close down” to the owners of up to 40,000 polytunnel-style covered shrimp ponds. 

The notice was published in local media in the Nantong region of Jiangsu Province and signed by the local government agricultural, water, and environment bureaus. Tighter enforcement of environmental regulations has seen wholesale closures of aquaculture facilities

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Published on
October 19, 2018

Sustainable aquaculture investment fund Aqua-Spark has invested in a Norwegian software and hardware developer focused on improving feed management.

An Aqua-Spark investment of an undisclosed amount has been injected into CageEye, a company best known for its echo-sounder technology, which uses acoustic data and machine learning to measure and analyze biomass movements. The Norway-based company will use the funds to invest in research and

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Published on
October 19, 2018

Pangasius and tilapia are both on the menu at one of China’s upstart seafood informal dining chains, which is seeking to expand rapidly across the country’s prosperous east coast. 

The Hai Xian Lian Shang Mian chain also offers shrimp, squid, surimi, and fish balls served in its seafood noodle and seafood served with rice dishes in the chain's trendy outlets, which are mostly located in malls.

The owner of the chain,

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Published on
October 18, 2018

A veteran of the American seafood industry, Jerry Knecht is the founder and president of Bali, Indonesia-based P.T. Bali Seafood International and North Atlantic, Inc., which has its headquarters in Portland, Maine, U.S.A.

SeafoodSource: How did you wind up starting a company in Bali?

Knecht: In the 1990s, U.S. government policy resulted in a collapse of the local fishery within the 200-mile limit. Seeking a survival strategy, we went to the

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Published on
October 18, 2018

A giant new seafood-themed retailing and dining store opened by a leading Chinese retailer in a regional city suggests a milestone for seafood retailing in China, as one of the store’s major investors is a tech giant dominant in meal deliveries and discount group-buying. 

The 7,000-square-meter “Hi Tun Sheng Xian” outlet was opened this week by Beijing-based Beijing Hualian Department Store Co. (commonly known as Hualian)

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October 11, 2018

Simone Pesu helped to found Sustainable Fishery Trade, a Lima-Peru-based social enterprise dedicated to fair trade in artisanal fisheries, in 2016.

Pisu, an Italian marine biologist, started SFP with the twin goals of getting a fairer price for fishermen and training them in sustainable practices. Ultimately, the company’s goal is to connect Peruvian artisanal fisheries with end-buyers, including restaurants, so they get a better price for

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