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 22, 2018

In a visit to the West African country of Ghana earlier this month, Chinese Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Qu Dongyu announced work is underway on a memorandum of understanding focused on fishery cooperation between the two countries.

Qu visited the fisheries ministry in Accra, Ghana’s capital, where he met Ghanaian Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Elizabeth Afoley Quaye before visiting Chinese vessels docked at a

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Published on
November 22, 2018

China has sent a large shipment of fish fry to the Philippines as part of an ongoing strategy to reduce tension over territorial disputes by assisting the development of the Filipino aquaculture sector.

Chinese recently officials loaded 100,000 leopard coral grouper fry in the port of Wenchang, Hainan Province, on a boat bound for the Philippines. A handover was overseen by China’s ministry of agriculture and the country’s Academy of

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November 21, 2018

A mega trade deal driven between India and China looks to be moving to completion this month.

Negotiations are ongoing both bilaterally between China and India and the members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership – which include Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and the 10 countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). There are still major obstacles to overcome before any

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Published on
November 19, 2018

Russia has been displaced by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as China’s top supplier of seafood imports. 

The ASEAN bloc accounted for 14.5 percent of China’s imports, with volume rising 31.3 percent to 453,700 MT, with a value of USD 1.116 billion (EUR 978 million) – up a whopping 59.2 percent, albeit from a low base in 2017. Simultaneously, China’s exports to ASEAN have fallen. This appears to

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Published on
November 16, 2018

Prosecutors in Shenzhen, China are taking a public interest lawsuit against a well-known seafood restaurant in the city for repeatedly selling product contaminated with chemicals including chloromycetin. 

In a move that appears designed as a warning to the retail and restaurant sector, the case is being taken against Shenzhen 79 Yu Chuan Food and Beverage Co. based on several inspections of seafood – mostly shellfish – at its

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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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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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