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
December 29, 2020

There are very different and contradictory ambitions motivating the key players in the current World Trade Organization negotiations on a deal that would end harmful fisheries subsidies.

Those differences will have to be squared before any deal emerges out of the talks, which have been held over more than 20 years, and which are set to resume on 18 January, 2021.

While all member states at the WTO say they’re committed to a deal on ending

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Published on
December 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Commerce has reaffirmed a March ruling that found shipments from a Chinese warm-water shrimp firm are liable for anti-dumping duties ... 

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December 22, 2020

CNFC Overseas Fishery Co. Ltd., the listed arm of China National Fisheries Co, is using a stock market bull run to raise over CNY 400 million (USD 60 million, EUR 52 million) cash for new tuna vessels and processing capacity ... 

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December 22, 2020

Two new recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) salmon-farming projects backed by Norwegian firms are set to be launched in the coming year in China.

Stavanger, Norway-based Norsal appears to be the first major foreign venture into the salmon farming business in China since Canada-based AgriMarine commenced on-land farming of steelhead in China a decade ago. Earlier this month, the company announced its intention to build a RAS

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December 21, 2020

China’s tuna sector’s woes have led to the cancelation of a takeover of leading tuna-fishing firm Dalian Yuan Yang Yu Ye Tuna Longline Co by condiment producer Jiajia

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December 21, 2020

Executives from Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. have had their travel visas revoked as part of an escalation in U.S. sanctions against China.

Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China-based Pingtan Marine is a distant-water fishing firm operating globally, listed publicly on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

On 7 December, the U.S. Department of State issued a notice on Twitter that it had taken action against officials from the company for alleged involvement in

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Published on
December 18, 2020

A fishery base planned by a Chinese fishing firm hasn’t yet received approval from the Ecuadorian government to build a giant fishery base, according to Ecuador’s commercial counselor in Guangzhou ... 

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Published on
December 17, 2020

A Chinese distant-water fishing firm has signed an agreement to build a fisheries base in Ecuador, despite tensions between the two countries this summer after a Chinese squid fleet encroached on the country’s waters.

China Ocean Group Development Co. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mercado Común Del Sur (Mercosur) to build a pelagic fishery base in Ecuador. China Ocean Development Group Chairman Liu Rongsheng was

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Published on
December 17, 2020

Taiwan has the second-largest long-distance fleet in the world, and plays a central role in the international supply chain for fisheries products.

But in recent years, its distant-water fleet has been accused of human rights offenses, tainting its reputation. According to Greenpeace and other NGOs concerned with labor issues in the global fishing industry, Taiwan’s tuna-fishing firms, and major Western buyers, aren’t doing enough to

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Published on
December 16, 2020

A new distribution channel to China’s hinterlands is opening opportunities for seafood suppliers in China ... 

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