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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August 14, 2018

An effort to court major retailers in China appears to be paying off for the Marine Stewardship Council, which teamed with Walmart and the China Chain Store and Franchising Association (CCFA) for the launch of a “Sustainable Seafood Week” in a Sam’s Club store in Shenzhen the week of 13 August. 

Chinese retailers want to make the upstream portion of the supply chain more sustainable, according to Pei Liang, secretary

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August 1, 2018

Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) is teaming up with a giant, state-owned firm to farm shrimp in China's Hainan Province.

Earlier this month, representatives from CP and Hai Ken Group – also known as Hainan State Farm Group – met to approve the start to a series of a shrimp farm build-outs; the farms’ eventual output is expected to reach 10,000 tons per year. The project is part of a bigger “modern

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July 31, 2018

The current Sino-U.S. trade war, which has seen tariffs imposed on most seafood products from China, is causing many seafood processing companies in China to reassess whether or not to move their operations out of the country. This is the second of a two-part series looking into the issue. Part one, "Is trade war pushing seafood processing out of China?" was published on Monday, 30 July.

SeafoodSource conducted a rudimentary if revelatory

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July 30, 2018

A tourist arriving back from Mozambique with 12 lobsters in his suitcase has been warned his name will be put on a centralized “black list” if he’s found bringing seafood from abroad back into China again. 

The seizure, which occurred at Wenzhou Airport, has renewed worries among Chinese customs authorities regarding rampant smuggling of seafood by China’s ever-growing tourist masses.

Customs authorities have been

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July 30, 2018

The current Sino-U.S. trade war, which has seen tariffs imposed on most seafood products from China (but not on re-exported processed product), is causing many seafood processing companies in China to reassess whether or not to move their operations out of China. This is the first of a two-part series looking into the issue.

Many seafood processing companies are now assessing whether to move to another Asian location where wages and costs are

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July 27, 2018

Dalian Yuan Yang Yu Ye Tuna Longline Co. claims to have launched “China’s first fully fiberglass low temperature tuna long line vessels.” 

The two boats – the Long Xing 801 and Long Xing 802 – were built over a four-year period of R&D and manufacturing at Ningbo Fibreglass Boats Research and Engineering Academy, according to the Dong Bei News, a news channel focused on northeast China. The two vessels are

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July 25, 2018

The opening up of regional Chinese airports is lifting demand for frozen seafood, according to customs data from the capital of China’s most populous province, Henan.

Zhengzhou airport, which in recent years was approved to handle imports of food, claims to have handled 476.2 tons in the first six months of 2018 – an increase of 61 percent. The airport has promised faster customs handling and streamlined warehousing to draw in more

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July 25, 2018

There are many obvious comparisons to be drawn between China and Spain when it comes to seafood. 

Spaniards eat more seafood per capita than any other nation in the European Union. Giant, Vigo-based fishing companies like Nueva Pescanova supply restaurant and supermarket chains around the world in much the same manner as some of their Chinese counterparts, who seek to extend their dominance from contract processing to brand

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July 24, 2018

China’s leading e-commerce firm has opened up the Russian market for Chinese crayfish producers, according to Russian media. 

The Alibaba-owned Aliexpress dispatch service is shipping crayfish to distributors in Russia from what are termed “Taobao villages” – named after the eBay-style Taobao online marketplace, also owned by Alibaba – where rural dwellers sell produce online for distribution to buyers via

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July 18, 2018

Finance can “drive change on the water,” according to Neil Sims at Kampachi Worldwide Holdings. But for aquaculture projects, it’s still hard to come by. 

Speaking at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona, Spain in June, Sims told the story of his company. He said it took 10 years to raise enough funds to initiate his marine aquaculture project in Hawaii. There was a temptation to put one pen out while he raised the rest

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