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 21, 2020

A ban on non-African imports of seafood by Nigeria will help locals to compete on price in the domestic market with Chinese products, according to a Nigerian official ... 

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February 20, 2020

A dip in Chinese shrimp exports is helping to prop up pricing in Malaysia, according to a producer there ... 

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February 20, 2020

A senior official in China’s Agricultural Ministry has sought to ease public fears in China over a seafood supply shortage. The ministry’s deputy head of fishery market regulation, Jiang Kai Yong, provided assurances in a press briefing that stockpiles of seafood are still flowing into China’s cities.

In his comments, Jian said he hoped to instill more calm in China’s consumer market …

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February 19, 2020

One of China’s leading fishery firms is flagging poor results for 2019 due to a combination of reduced trawler subsidies, global oversupply of tuna, and a failed investment in an insurance firm.

CNFC Overseas Fishery Co Ltd, the listed arm of China National Fisheries Co, is flagging profits of between CNY 18 million and CNY 25 million (USD 2.5 million to USD 3.5 million, EUR 2.6 million and EUR 3.6 million), a drop of between 56 percent

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February 18, 2020
After a decade of trying to be China’s top local producer, China’s salmon farming pioneer has sold its assets to a state-owned conglomerate. Shandong, China-based Oriental Ocean has gotten CNY 226 million (USD 31.6 million, EUR 29.3 million) for its “salmon-raising facilities” in the Dajijia industrial zone, near the city of Yantai on China’s east coast, according to a company letter to investors. The buyer is a new joint venture… Read More
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February 17, 2020

Deep-sea aquaculture projects in Cambodia are being planned by a major Chinese distant-water fishing operator as it seeks higher yields from self-sourced product to supplement its extensive distribution business

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February 14, 2020

The financial repercussions of the coronavirus is starting to take a bite out of China’s domestic seafood sector.

Closed for dining, a leading seafood restaurant chain in the country’s south has started to discount and sell off its inventories. The Yu Min Xin Cun (also trading as Village Fisherman) chain of traditional Cantonese-style restaurants in Guangzhou is now selling grouper at CNY 299 (USD 42.80, 3948) per fish, when it

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February 13, 2020

Price growth for seafood imported into Hong Kong is slowing even as demand for seafood continues to grow, according to one of the biggest sushi chains operating in the city-state.

Average wholesale costs of seafood rose by an average 7.8 percent per year between 2014 and 2018 and will rise an average 2.8 percent per year between 2018 and 2023, according to documents published by leading local Japanese restaurant chain operator Daikiya Group

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February 10, 2020

A colorful corruption case in China’s seafood region, involving speed boats and cash bribes, has shone a light on the scale of China’s fisheries subsidy regime and how it’s open to abuse by Communist Party officials who administer it.

Wang Ji Shan, former head of the Ocean and Fisheries Bureau in Li Jin County near Dongying on the east coast, has been charged with funneling millions of yuan in licenses and subsidies to the

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February 10, 2020

One of China’s fastest-growing seafood restaurant chains and a big pangasius buyer has battled through the coronavirus crisis by ramping up home deliveries and promising customers “real-time monitoring” of the body temperatures of delivery staff.

Foot traffic has plummeted at Yu Guo Tian Qing restaurants due to fears about the coronavirus, which has killed more than 900 people in China as it has spread to more locations after

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