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
July 27, 2020

Chinese consumers’ demand for fresh food delivery has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, driving a young Chinese e-commerce player to raise nearly half a billion dollars to continue expanding its delivery network.

Beijing-based home delivery firm Missfresh has raised USD 495 million (EUR 425.7 million), split between cash injections from state-backed China International Capital Corporation (CICC) and state-run ICBC International

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Published on
July 24, 2020

Irish fisheries protection authorities have been battling a surge in poaching that appears connected to the mass furloughing of workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also restricted the activity of enforcement officers.

Inland Fisheries Ireland, which monitors salmon entering rivers from the Atlantic, has seized driftnets and illegally caught salmon along the western coast in recent weeks, with two of its officers the victims of false

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Published on
July 23, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO) talks on ending harmful fishing subsidies resumed this week, and a return to intensive negotiations has been set for September. The timeline, however, creates a tight squeeze to reach the 31 December deadline for a deal.

Santiago Wills, the chairman of the talks, brought the heads of delegations together on 21 July for a plenary session, the first such in-person session in a month. But while there had been hopes

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Published on
July 22, 2020

Troubled Chinese seafood firm Zoneco Group Co has a new boss, and a possible path to renewed profitability …

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Published on
July 21, 2020

Seán O’Donoghue is the chief executive officer of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, the largest producers body of its type in Ireland.

O’Donoghue previously worked at the Irish agriculture and fisheries ministries, as well as the national seafood agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhára (BIM). He served on the board of the European Association of Producer Organisations for a decade and is a noted expert in the workings

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Published on
July 17, 2020

The latest results filed by a flagship Chinese fishing firm show the company losing money, while still betting big on tuna …

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Published on
July 16, 2020

China’s need for foreign labor to man its distant water fleet has come into sharp focus after a Chinese skipper was arrested by Indonesian authorities investigating the death of an Indonesian crew member.

Chinese trawler captain Song Chuanyun was taken into custody by Riau Islands Provincial Police this week on charges of assault and human trafficking following the death of an Indonesian crew member, whose body was recently

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Published on
July 15, 2020

A Chinese research firm with a background in both genetics and seafood is providing testing to seafood counters at Walmart stores around China in a bid to reassure consumers about COVID-19 contamination …

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Published on
July 15, 2020

China has started to enforce a new pollutant regulation for the seafood processing sector after a delay in earlier in the year due to the COVID-19 outbreak …

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Published on
July 15, 2020

The U.S., grappling with China’s trade surplus, looks to have dented the prospects of imported U.S. seafood in China by depressing local consumer sentiment, according to a top official in a leading value-added seafood company.

Dry, packaged seafood snacks such as strips of squid are top sellers in Chinese snack stores, but discretionary spending has been hammered by the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to Liu Rongru, joint-chairman and chief

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