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
April 28, 2013

Weaker demand from Japan — in part due to a weaker yen — is damaging China’s exports of eels to its neighbor. In the first two months in 2013, China exported 585 tons of fresh eel, down 42.6 percent compared to 2012. The average export price, at USD 36.68 (EUR 28) per kilogram, declined 14.6 percent year-over-year.

According to statistics from China’s Customs authorities, in February 2013 China exported 258 tons of fresh eel, down 21.1

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April 24, 2013

China’s major fish feed firms are bullish about 2013 thanks to a reported jump in fish prices as consumers switch to seafood due to the ongoing bird flu crisis.

Scares over the H7N9 virus have seen consumers replace chicken and pork with aquatic products, driving the price of fish up by 30 percent to 50 percent in prosperous Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces on the east coast and by 20 percent in the south of the country, according to

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April 22, 2013

Myanmar is the last frontier for wild seafood, said an early veteran of the country’s seafood industry. The Southeast Asian nation could become a hot bed for natural shrimp on international markets, according to New York-based aquaculture consultant Jayendran Muthushankar.

He spent eight years in the Southeast Asian nation, first moving there in 1996. At the time, Muthushankar supervised shrimp production for mostly Japanese clients. He

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April 16, 2013

Processing for the export trade is proving less attractive than aquaculture for the domestic market, judging by the earnings of leading Chinese seafood suppliers.

A salmon and sea cucumber aquaculture company, Shenzhen-listed Shandong Oriental Ocean will report 2012 revenues of CNY 676 million (USD 109 million, EUR 84 million), down 10 percent year-over-year, with profit falling 3.85 percent to CNY 99 million (USD 16 million, EUR 13 million),

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April 15, 2013

China’s leading tilapia processor in terms of volume, Baiyang Aquatic in 2012 saw its revenues jump 15.5 percent to CNY 1.2 billion (USD 194 million, EUR 148 million) while profits jumped 59 percent to CNY 84 million (USD 14 million, EUR 10 million). The company attributes the increases to higher prices and recovering demand in its export markets.

According to Baiyang's just-published annual report, China’s total amount of import and export

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April 11, 2013

Seafood consumption in China has been boosted by fears over poultry as bird flu continues to claim local lives.

On its Chinese language website, JRJ.com, a website owned by U.S.-based International Data Group — providing financial information to Chinese customers — said that Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Product, Kaichuang Marine, Oriental Ocean and Zhangzi Island are all benefiting from the bird flu fears gripping China’s cities. Stock prices

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April 8, 2013

A slowdown in luxury spending as well as imports facilitated by a free trade pact with southeast Asia have squeezed China’s grouper farmers. Production has outstripped demand with daily sales down 300,000 kilograms nationwide according to data published by Shuichan Pindao, a seafood consumption research agency based in Beijing.

Grouper prices in 2012, even in the Spring Festival, sank to the lowest on record, a slump blamed on a frugality

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April 2, 2013

One of China’s leading shrimp exporters faces a potentially disastrous delisting if it fails to turn a profit this year. Guangdong-based Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Co Ltd, forecast a net loss of CNY 220 million (USD 36 million, EUR 28 million) for 2012.

According to Shenzhen Stock Exchange rules — in place since last May — listed companies will be delisted if they make a loss for three consecutive years. Guolian lost money in both

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April 1, 2013

A new, sprawling show room in Beijing’s embassy district showcasing imported American sea cucumbers is the latest proof of firms here switching to premium, wild sea cucumbers as prices slip for the domestically cultivated crop. Spread over three floors, the Mellish Island outlet is owned by Harbin Century Yu Chen International Trading Corp. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, established in 2010, to oversee its sea cucumber sourcing.

Mellish

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March 31, 2013

Domestic demand for tuna and squid is driving profits and expansion at one of China’s largest offshore catch fisheries firms, which recently added new tuna-fishing vessels to its fleet. Shanghai Kaichuang Marine International Co. is predicting its profits will soar 90 percent year over year in 2012 — to CNY 125 million (USD 20 million, EUR 16 million) according to earnings guidance to investors, as reported by analysts at Chinese securities

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