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 14, 2020
China has impounded a fishmeal processing ship in its own waters for illegally buying small fish, in a move that reflects what has been happening in West African waters. The Lu Wei Yu 6088 has been brought in to Dandong port near the North Korean border after being chased by the China Coast Guard for purchasing fish during the closed season currently underway in the East China Sea. The vessel was built in 2014 for Shandong Weihai Huawang Marine… Read More
Published on
July 13, 2020

A resolution has yet to be found for the suspension of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of Zoneco Group Co’s scallop fishery.

A dispute between the seafood company and the third-party accreditor overseeing the certification saw China’s first MSC fishery certification suspended earlier this year. In January of 2020, the first notice for suspension of fisheries certificate came due to a contractual issue between the

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Published on
July 13, 2020

Fisheries remains a chronically low-wage industry in China, but there are signs of improved efficiency and productivity.

The average wage in the industry stood at CNY 21,108 (USD 2,955, EUR 2,744) in 2019, according to the National Fishery Economy Statistical Review, published recently by the Chinese Agriculture Ministry. That’s up six percent on the 2018 figure, but looks meager given what the ministry classifies as the “farm,

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Published on
July 10, 2020

An apparent coronavirus-related slowdown in customs processing in China is hampering exporters accessing the country’s seafood markets.

Indian seafood exporters have noticed a slowdown in checks at Chinese customs, which is backing up containers of inbound Indian shrimp, according to The Hindu BusinessLine. The average checking time has gone from three to 10 days, making Chinese buyers hesitant, according to Indian seafood exporters, some

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Published on
July 9, 2020

A firm producing frozen seafood snacks and convenience food has turned in a record performance for the first half of the year, thanks to demand prompted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Fujian Haixin Food Co. Ltd. is projecting profits for the first half of 2020 of between CNY 40 million and 50 million (USD 5.6 million and 7 million, EUR 5.2 million and 6.5 million), a year-on-year rise of 470 to 612 percent and well ahead of earlier

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Published on
July 8, 2020

Chinese seafood distributor Kaiyang World Seafood Co. is backing video-sharing app Kuaishou as a key tool for selling seafood through the market-disrupting force of the coronavirus ... 

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Published on
July 3, 2020

A Chinese crayfish producer and processor is leaning on the Best Aquaculture Practices certification it recently secured to give it an edge in a hyper-competitive marketplace at home and abroad.

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) recently announced that Deyan Aquatic Products & Food Co. Ltd. had become the world’s first company eligible to offer crayfish with the two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

“BAP

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Published on
July 3, 2020

Demands for better food chain transparency triggered by the coronavirus are being seen as an opportunity for two providers of blockchain supply chain management solutions targeting seafood clients in China and globally.

Camberwell, Victoria, Australia-based Two Hands has opened an office in Shanghai in order to lure Chinese clients to its solutions. Oslo, Norway-based SeafoodChain AS, meanwhile, wants to expand its Unisot suite of blockchain

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Published on
July 2, 2020

One of China’s big distant water players has received USD 3 million (EUR 2.67 million) in compensation for a tuna reefer damaged in the Pacific late last year.

Shandong Zhonglu Oceanic Fisheries Co. has gotten the pay-out from the Qingdao office of China People Insurance Co., as well as USD 118,672 (EUR 105,618) from the China Fishing Vessels Mutual Insurance Association, as compensation for a fire that damaged its fishing vessel, the

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Published on
July 2, 2020

Hygiene is an increasingly important factor in the seafood processing sector, according to Ulf Groenqvist, the owner and CEO of Färjestaden, Sweden-based seafood processing equipment-maker SEAC AB, which specializes in machines processing small fish. Its machines are capable of processing 70 to 100 fish per kilogram at a speed of more than 300 fish per minute.

In response to rising demand, especially from Asia, SEAC AB has redeveloped and

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