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
January 28, 2014

New fisheries data for Fujian, one of China’s top seafood producing provinces, looks very positive. The southeasterly province in the January-November period lifted its seafood exports by 8.3 percent year-on-year to 658,000 metric tons (MT) — that’s USD 4.6 billion (EUR 3.4 billion), an 11.7 percent increase compared to the previous year.

But some of the other data published by the Ocean & Fisheries Bureau in its wrap-up of the year

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Published on
January 23, 2014

Government anti-corruption measures somewhat curbed sales of high-end seafood in 2013 but prices for seafood in China’s domestic market grew strongly last year, according to a survey published by the agricultural ministry.

Data culled from a survey of 80 individual wholesale markets nationwide through 2013 showed an average price of CNY 20.95 (USD 3.46, EUR 2.53) per kilogram (KG), up 6.18 percent compared to the previous year. Seawater

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Published on
January 21, 2014

One of China’s leading seafood-producing regions has reported a surprise drop in export earnings in 2013. The southeasterly province of Shandong — home to processing and aquaculture hubs including Qingdao and Yantai — reported that while total trade volume (export and imports) was up 0.6 percent to 2.94 million metric tons (MT), in value the region’s seafood trade slipped 2 percent to USD 7.29 billion (EUR 5.4 billion) last year.

Data

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Published on
January 20, 2014

Southeast Asia is fast growing its seafood shipments to China, through low taxes and new facilities to handle incoming live seafood shipments. Airports customs authorities in the key southern port of Xiamen — a gateway to China’s Southeast Asian neighbors — have announced that seafood cargo handled in 2013 from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states rose 35 percent year-on-year in volume and almost 39 percent in

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Published on
January 16, 2014

China’s fisheries output rose 15 percent last year in terms of value while rising 4.5 percent in volume terms, according to the agricultural ministry in Beijing which released the data at a briefing this week.

At its annual conference on fisheries (which comes under the remit of the department) the agricultural ministry valued the sector at CNY 1.9 trillion (USD 314 billion, EUR 213 billion) in 2013, an increase of 15 percent year-over-year.

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Published on
January 16, 2014

China's leading shrimp exporter is signaling strong profits for 2013. The country’s key shrimp exporter, Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic (Guolian) made profits of CNY 130 (USD 21.5 million, EUR 15.8 million) to CNY 150 million (USD 25 million, EUR 18.2 million), according to a senior company executive, although no official announcement of results has yet been made.

Speaking to local press, Guo Wenliang, Guolian secretary has credited rising shrimp

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Published on
January 14, 2014

They’re working overtime at the Jingshen seafood wholesale market in Beijing this week. A few weeks before Chinese New Year, the traders in this — the biggest such market in northern China — are busy filling orders from restaurants and retailers gearing up for one of their busiest periods of the year.

But while it’s clear business is brisk, there’s little else clear-cut about China’s wholesale seafood trade, especially when it comes

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Published on
January 7, 2014

One of China’s leading seafood production regions is reporting robust growth in 2013 output.

Fishery authorities in Guangdong province claim output of aquatic products rose by 7.3 percent to CNY 101 billion (USD 16.7 billion, EUR 12.3 billion) while the value of the “fisheries economy” rose 8.37 percent to CNY 215 billion (USD 35.5 billion, EUR 26.1 billion). Guangdong is home to China’s top shrimp processor and exporter, Zhanjiang

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Published on
January 7, 2014

China needs to urgently advance its offshore aquaculture efforts to hold onto its edge in seafood production, according to one of the country’s leading aquaculture researchers.

“China cannot afford to fall behind…other countries are already doing trials,” said Mai Kangsen, dean of the aquaculture school at China Ocean University. Yet the absence of a strategic plan for offshore (he used the term shen yuan hai meaning deep far off sea)

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January 3, 2014

China’s tilapia producers are worried about competition from other low price fish like basa and cod in key markets like the U.S. But they’re much more bullish about alternative export markets like Iran and Mexico.

A report produced by China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association (CAPPMA) puts frozen tilapia shipments in the first three quarters of 2013 at 270,000 metric tons (MT) and USD 930 million (up 6.7 percent and 16

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