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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December 23, 2013

Irish organic salmon is set to make its debut on the China market in March next year. But the bureaucratic nature of the organic licensing system will mean it won’t initially be certified as such in China, explains the China-based Irish firm piloting the launch.

Farmed Irish organic salmon will be available in China from March to October with smoked salmon available year-round, explained Stephen O’Sullivan, CEO of Shanghai-based Ocean

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December 17, 2013

Few countries have as solid a national brand recognition in China as that enjoyed by Canada, yet the country may not be able to capitalize on demand in the country.

Cyr Couturier, director at the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance told SeafoodSource that while his members are “getting a lot of interest” from Chinese buyers “a big problem is we can’t produce enough” to meet the demand. Canada’s aquaculture industry has

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December 11, 2013

China is looking to become a major presence in Moroccan waters starting next year, a development that will provide competition for E.U. trawlers. One of China's giant state-owned fishing firms, Shanghai Fisheries General Corp (SFGCG) claims it has doubled its takings in Morocco to USD 11.9 million (EUR 8.6 million) in value terms in the first half of this year and set a new company record by landing 2,400 metric tons (MT) in 130 days, according

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December 10, 2013

Soaring demand among Chinese processors is driving capacity expansion at some of Russia’s largest ground fishing operations. Based in the far-eastern city of Vladivastock, Sigma Marine has doubled its capacity over the past year to 85,000 tons, having added vessels and quota from smaller competitors, explained Igorevna Ekaterina Prudnikova, head of export sales.

“More people have gotten into fishing because the prices are higher now and

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December 6, 2013

Ecuador is pressing China to lower taxes on shrimp imports. An impressive 20 percent year-over-year growth in official shrimp exports to China is on the cards for Ecuador this year, according to Ecuadorian trade officials. However the real exports figure is even larger, according to Ronnie Almeida, commercial counselor at Ecuador’s consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou.

He told SeafoodSource that figures for China-bound exports are

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December 4, 2013

Exports of fresh Chilean salmon to China are set to soar, according to the pioneer of the fresh trade into the southern port city of Guangzhou. Traditionally, shipments from Chile have been in frozen format, however fresh shipments to China will increase from 30,000 tons in 2013 to 40,000 tons in 2014, predicts Will Hengst, sales head at the Great Fish Co, a China-based marketing firm specializing in Chilean fresh and frozen seafood product.
He

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December 3, 2013

China’s demand for fish to replace diminished local stocks of favorites like yellow croaker is proving a boon for Argentina, which is already enjoying record sales of red shrimp in China.

“We are looking to put a lot of containers into China,” said Stuart Anderson, head of export sales at the Santa Maria Group.

Chinese buyers are eager to get hold of Argentinean croakers as well as similar fish like weakfish and black drum, Anderson told

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November 27, 2013

Indonesian shrimp producers are facing a dilemma over stocking levels, as they try to increase production to cash in on increased demand and prices — while at the same time protecting stocks from early mortality syndrome (EMS).

“We could increase volumes by 50 to 60 percent, but to do that we’d have to increase stocking densities and thus the risk of disease,” said Sutanto Surjadjaja, managing director of CP Prima, an Indonesian arm of

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November 21, 2013

Un exportador principal de productos del mar de Perú está animando a los compradores en China a la compra de pejerrey. Las empresas procesadoras recurren a él como alternativa al pescado blanco como el merlán.
Fábricas en Dalian y Qingdao han mostrado su interés en la compra de grandes volúmenes de merlán, asegura Enrique León Taboada, director comercial en Pesquera Hayduk SA: “Ahora sabemos evaluar los volúmenes que somos capaces de

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November 21, 2013

Stocks of fish in the Arabian Sea are at unprecedented lows, driving up seafood prices according to seafood exporters interviewed by SeafoodSource. Prices paid to fishermen are up 30 percent compared to last year according to Bachu Dewan, head of sales as Maritime Seafood, a processor and exporter supplying Middle Eastern and Asian markets from Karachi. The firm has been scrambling to get adequate quantities of crab and lobster for

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