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
December 15, 2011

In another sign that China’s wealthy are on the radar of seafood exporters, Madagascar shrimp will be exported to the country in 2012.

Ram Avasarla, global sales director at Unima, is confident local consumers will pay for high-end shrimp.

“If they pay for Bordeaux and Louis Vuitton and salmon then why not for our product?” said Stephane Jackiw, commercial director at Unima.

French-owned Unima, which counts British retailer Marks &

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Published on
December 14, 2011

The South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea is keen to satisfy China’s demand for shark fins, set to surge with the onset of Chinese New Year in January.

“We’re getting a lot of enquiries from China,” said Carson Koviro, provincial supports officer with the island nation’s National Fisheries Authority.

Koviro explained that while the authority’s emphasis is on driving tuna exports to China, shark fin sales have been strong. The trade

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Published on
December 8, 2011

European buyers can’t compete with prices offered in China for cuttlefish and squid, according to Pakistani producers who say their priority has shifted from the EU market, which is still off limits, to China, where food-safety standards are less exacting. Brussels has so far refused to lift a ban on Pakistani seafood imports, in place since 2007, on hygiene grounds.

Iftikhar Zaidi, CEO of People Fisheries Ltd., based on the West Wharf,

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Published on
November 21, 2011

India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) plans to open an office in China, according to a senior official at the organization.

An office in China will add to bureaus in Brussels and Tokyo, as India seeks to grow market share for its shrimp in particular, according to MPEDA director Ponnusamy Mohanasundaram. He said India, the world’s No. 2 farmed seafood producer, is attractive to buyers from China due to lower production

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Published on
November 14, 2011

Nota del editor: SeafoodSource Editor Colaborador Mark Godfrey asistió a la China Fisheries y Seafood Expo en Qingdao a principios de este mes. Aquí está la sexta en una serie de informesde la 16a reunión anual. Dale Bellamyde la Organización de Pescadores Escocés (SFO) dice que el momento es adecuado para la exportaciónde langostino de agua fría Escocés a China.

“Hemos estado viniendo aquí hace años y nos sentimos que la economía

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Published on
November 14, 2011

Editor’s note: SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mark Godfrey attended the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao early this month. Here’s his sixth in a series of reports from the 16th annual event.

Dale Bellamy of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organization (SFO) says the time is right to export Scottish coldwater langoustine to China.

“We’ve been coming here years and we feel the Chinese economy is now ready to buy high-quality and

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Published on
November 9, 2011

Editor’s note: SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mark Godfrey attended last week’s China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao. Here’s his fourth in a series of reports from the 16th annual event.

Peruvian seafood producers are keen to tap Asian markets with more value-added products, according to a senior government fisheries official. Dried anchovies “could be huge in China,” said Francisco Via Diaz, coordinator of the seafood

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Published on
November 8, 2011

Editor’s note: SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mark Godfrey attended last week’s China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao. Here’s his third in a series of reports from the 16th annual event. 

With Chilean salmon industry recovering from a mauling at the hands of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus, the country is gunning for a bigger share of one of the fastest-growing seafood markets — China.

Tasked with driving Chilean

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Published on
November 7, 2011

Editor’s note: SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mark Godfrey attended last week’s China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao. Here’s his second in a series of reports from the 16th annual event.

India’s largest seafood exporter, in volume terms, to China sees a bright future for companies in Asia’s No. 2 seafood producer targeting growing Chinese demand. Ajit George, head of exports at Mumbai-based Sonia Fisheries and Marine

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Published on
November 6, 2011

Editor’s note: SeafoodSource Contributing Editor Mark Godfrey attended last week’s China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao. Here’s his first in a series of stories from the 16th annual event.

Tweaking products to Chinese tastes is increasingly important for seafood suppliers targeting the country. Among them is Chile’s PanAmerica, which sent chefs to China to meet with local clients, chefs and consumers.

“We’re working on cod in

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