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
August 5, 2020

China’s government continues to press an expansion of the country’s distant-water fleet as a strategic national priority.

A launch party recently took place for three new vessels to be operated by state-owned fishing firm Shandong Provincial Distant Water Fishing Co. (also known as Shandong Fisheries Co), which will be sent to Morocco, adding to the growing Chinese fleet in the country.

The Peony 1, 2, and 3 vessels were sent off

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Published on
August 5, 2020

A veteran watcher of the ongoing World Trade Organization talks to end harmful fishing subsidies is optimistic progress will be made when talks resume next month, but is critical of the methodology behind the European Union’s claim its catch is 99 percent sustainable.

Isabel Jarrett, manager of the reducing harmful fisheries subsidies program at The Pew Charitable Trusts, told SeafoodSource important progress has been made.

“[WTO]

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Published on
August 4, 2020

Potential commercial synergies between Chinese aquaculture and the country’s huge tourism industry are being highlighted by the emergence of an ambitious new state-owned player in the country’s north.

Heilongjiang Bei Yu Fishing Industry Co. Group (which goes by the name Bei Yu Group) aims to produce large volumes of crabs and fish for a domestic tourist market, while also making its production facilities visitor attractions. Bei Yu

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August 4, 2020

Australia is seeking to diversify away from a reliance on China as a source of demand for its agriculture and seafood products as well as services, according to a Hong Kong-based economist ... 

Photo courtesy of Alvin Loy Gin

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Published on
August 3, 2020

The fallout from the coronavirus outbreak in Dalian, China, continues to cause havoc for seafood importers and traders, with a heightened inspection regime delaying seafood shipments across the country ... 

Photo courtesy of Mark

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Published on
August 3, 2020

With rising domestic demand for crustaceans, China’s shrimp farmers are seeking products and advice to improve their output. Some turn to one of the most recognizable corporate logos across China – that of German chemicals giant Bayer, which is increasing its footprint in China’s aquaculture sector as it seeks to profit from tighter environmental regulation and efficiencies in the country’s shrimp farming sector.

Bayer

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Published on
July 31, 2020

A European Union investigation into Ireland’s ability to monitor catches of small pelagic fish species is continuing.

The probe, which is also looking at the lack of control of bluefin tuna catches by recreational fishing boats, resulted from E.U. concerns over underreporting of pelagic catches by some Irish fishing companies. But the Irish fishing industry has disputed the weighing system introduced by the Sea Fisheries Protection

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Published on
July 28, 2020

Two Latin American fishery conservation groups have teamed up to fight illegal fishing of squid in the international waters of the southwest Atlantic and the Pacific in a move that could have consequences for the large Chinese fleet in the region.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between CALAMASUR [the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Jumbo Flying Squid in the South Pacific], which includes industry stakeholders

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Published on
July 28, 2020

The China International Fisheries and Seafood Expo, scheduled for 28 to 30 October, 2020, in Qingdao, has been canceled for this year.

Blaming “the global epidemic situation and the impact of force majeure factors in epidemic management and control,” the organizers said the event is being moved to 27 to 29 October, 2021.

First held in 1996, the event is now one of the world's largest seafood trade shows, featuring 1,500 exhibitors in

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Published on
July 27, 2020

Chinese police have arrested a woman accused of spreading rumors on social media about an outbreak of COVID-19 connected to a well-known Dalian based seafood processor.

In an announcement on Weibo, the Public Security Bureau in Dalian said it’s holding a 68-year-old woman for “disseminating false rumors” around the magnitude of an outbreak of coronavirus at processing facilities owned by Kaiyang World Seafood Co.

Among the

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