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
October 10, 2018

Three Chinese seafood processors have been flagged in an inspection by Canadian import inspectors.

The Canada Food Inspection Authority (CFIA) has informed its counterparts in China that products from three firms has been held and must be returned to China or destroyed. The three firms are Qingdao Haoyuan Foodstuffs Co. Ltd., Rongcheng Shidao Lianhua Food Co., and Zhangzhou Xinwanya Aquatic Products Co.

The reason for the seizures is related to

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October 10, 2018

Aquaculture executives and researchers in China are celebrating what’s seen as the latest key piece of hardware for offshore aquaculture as the country continues to crack down on environmentally problematic onshore aquaculture.

Described as China’s first semi-submersible truss-based floating structure for aquaculture, the “Dehai 1” was launched in September by Zhuhai Xinpingmao Fishery Co. in the waters off southern

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October 5, 2018

Mike Velings is the co-founder and co-managing partner of Aqua-Spark, which was founded in 2014 as the first investment fund dedicated to sustainable aquaculture. Investments made by Aqua-Spark include the Netherlands-based firm and insect farmer Protix, and XpertSea, a Canadian company that has developed a machine that accurately counts and sizes early-stage aquatic organisms such as shrimp larvae and live feed. In addition to a commitment to

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October 4, 2018

One of China’s leading state-owned fishing firms has been on a sales drive in Russia for its shipbuilding subsidiary, as leaders in Beijing and Moscow pledge to further integrate their economies. 

Liaoning Province Dalian Ocean Fishery Group Co. (also known as Liaoyu Group) has completed a trawler for clients in Magadan, the port city on the Sea of Okhotsk, and while it hasn’t been named, the client the provincial government in

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October 3, 2018

Seafood from Southeast Asia is the feature of a large new seafood market in China’s tropical holiday island of Hainan.

The Southeast Asia Seafood City opened with some fanfare recently and even made the pages of the People’s Daily. The normally staid official paper of the Communist Party featured an article praising the “plump shellfish,” “luxurious sea fish,” and “thriving plump shrimp” on sale at

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September 21, 2018

Two major state entities have joined with one of China’s leading distant-water fishing firms to build what could become China’s largest seafood trading and logistics park. 

First announced five years ago, the North China International Seafood Trading and Logistics Center will incorporate auction houses, processing plants, shipyards, and tourist facilities, including markets and dining facilities when it’s

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September 21, 2018

Virus-related quarantine issues have caused a 45 percent fall-off for sales of French oysters in China thus far in 2018. But that hasn’t slowed Chinese demand for oysters from Europe, according to two executives from Majestic Oysters, a County Donegal, Ireland-based company.

Established to satisfy growing demand for oysters in Greater China, the Majestic Oysters brand is now benefitting from the resulting fall-off in supply from France.

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September 20, 2018

A gold-colored sea cucumber from New Zealand is proving a winner for a China-focused exporter of wild seafood who hopes to certify the species as organic. 

New Zealand Wild Catch Limited, which holds approximately half of New Zealand’s national quota for wild sea cucumber catches, is marketing the new catch as part of its focus on China’s high-end market for sea cucumbers, according to CEO James Parfitt.

“Things are going

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September 17, 2018

Expanded cold storage facilities are giving larger Chinese fishing firms the edge over smaller rivals during the longer Chinese fishing moratorium.

This year, China barred vessels from fishing its coastal waters from May through September, in response to increased attention toward conservation at home. The country’s authorities have also enforced the ban with a new vigor.

As a result, China’s fishing companies have intensified their

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September 14, 2018

James O’Donnell runs the Shanghai office of Bord Bia, the Irish food promotion board. He talked to SeafoodSource on the sidelines of the 2018 Seafood Expo Asia in Hong Kong about current market conditions in China, how his office targets marketing of Irish seafood to Chinese consumers – and also about the need for a tighter supply chain in China to deliver a larger share of currently strong prices back to the Irish seafood supplier.

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