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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September 24, 2020

Caviar from China and Spain is undercutting higher-quality product from the Caspian Sea with false marketing claims, according to a leading importer supplying the European market ... 

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September 24, 2020

A leading Chinese international fishing company has been featured in a professionally-shot video aimed at promoting African fisheries in the Chinese media.

Fujian, China-based Poly Hong Dong Fishery Co. (also known as Fuzhou Hong Dong Yuan Yang Fishing Co.), which operates a USD 200 million (EUR 171.5 million) fishing base in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, on Africa’s northwest coast, is the feature subject of the video, posted recently on the

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September 23, 2020

Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance and Inspection Services has terminated its relationship with the Zoneco Group after serving as the third-party certifying body for the company’s Marine Stewardship Council certification for its scallop fishery.

A statement provided to SeafoodSource by Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance and Inspection Services Global Marketing Communications Manager Beth Elliot confirmed the move, two months

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September 21, 2020

China’s Customs authorities have announced the discovery of traces of COVID-19 on the packaging of seafood originating from Indonesia and Russia.

A shipment of frozen hairtail shipped by Medan City, Indonesia-based Pt. Putri Indah was held by the General Administration of Customs after its packaging was found to contain traces of the novel coronavirus. In response, China has announced that imports from the firm will be barred for a week,

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September 21, 2020

Sea cucumber prices are up despite the COVID-19 crisis, in part due to shrinking local supply, according to Lim Shrimp Organization CEO and chief aquaculture officer Djames Lim ... 

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September 21, 2020

Irish lobster catchers deserve a support package to shield them from any new surge of U.S. imports, according to Chris MacManus, an Irish member of the European Parliament.

McManus blames former European Union Trade Commissioner (and fellow Irishman) Phil Hogan for not consulting Irish fishermen before doing a trade deal in August to cut tariffs on American lobster imports from eight percent to zero. That deal, said MacManus, was a “kick

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September 18, 2020

Alaskan black cod has featured on a Jiangsu TV news report after a Sam’s Club customer in Nanjing reported finding a worm growing inside a fish steak ... 

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Published on
September 18, 2020

There is a growing demand for branded freshwater fish like pangasius in China, including products promoted by aquaculture and trading giants like the Tongwei Group, according to field research by two Australian academics in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

The study, conducted by researchers Julian Fang and Michael Fabinyi of the University of Technology Sydney, and provided to SeafoodSource, is based on interviews with seafood vendors

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September 16, 2020

Troubled Chinese scallop producer and seafood distributor Zoneco Aquatic has received critical financial support in the form of a loan from a major bank this week, at the same time as the country’s securities regulator has sent a case surrounding corporate misgovernance at the firm to prosecutors

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September 16, 2020

China’s squid-fishing fleet is hoovering up food stocks essential to the survival of rare species on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, according to research by Oceana, an NGO which has been tracking over 300 Chinese vessels in the waters.

A statement from the U.S.-based nonprofit notes that squid are “essential to the diet of iconic Galápagos species such as fur seals and hammerhead sharks, as well as for many

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