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
February 29, 2016

High density aquaculture is harming the Chinese aquaculture sector, forcing down prices and lowering quality standards according to a detailed action plan written by three prominent researchers attached to the ministry of agriculture in Beijing.

Aquaculture volume rose by 8.41 percent in the first 11 months of 2015 while the overall value of output rose 3.58 percent. But while average prices of sea water species rose by 0.42 percent average

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Published on
February 25, 2016

Following our list of the more influential figures in China’s seafood industry, here’s another list of the ten to watch for the coming years – executives running some of the companies and organisations driving change in the industry.

Edward Du is betting on CNY 1.2 billion worth of sales volume in 2016 through his JiXian Wang (Gfresh.com) website for fresh, imported seafood – allowing overseas sellers to target Chinese

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Published on
February 22, 2016

China’s biggest festival is proving a boon for vendors of fresh, wild caught seafood with vendors on the wealthy east coast reporting a 20 percent rise in prices compared to the same period last year for wild caught shellfish and crustaceans. Chinese New Year is usually the peak consumption period of the year for Chinese seafood and this year there appeared to be strong demand from the country’s middle class consumers for imported

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February 19, 2016

An ongoing scandal casts some light on price gouging on the foodservice side of China’s seafood industry – as well as the ability of restaurants to charge vastly inflated prices for wild-caught species.

The scandal centres on a large seafood restaurant in the northerly city of Harbin which charged a tourist over CNY 10,000 for a dinner of sturgeon, yellow cheek carp and Eurasian daces (Leuciscus) for 20 guests.

The tourist, Chen Yan,

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Published on
February 18, 2016

It may not be the best time to be launching a new product in China or targeting seafood exports to the country’s affluent.

At least, that’s the view of analysts at Changjiang Securities, one of China’s leading brokerages, which is predicting “downward pressure” in terms of demand and price growth for seafood in 2016 due to slowing economic growth and tighter corporate entertainment budgets.

China is swimming in a sea of debt, but to

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Published on
February 12, 2016

A list of the 10 most influential figures in the Chinese seafood industry, compiled by an influential industry circle on China’s Twitter-style Weixin microblog platform this week, will draw plenty of discussion and disagreement but it does offer a very interesting insight into current priorities and trends in China’s seafood industry.

The rankings of the most “influential and trend setting” people in the industry were compiled by

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Published on
February 9, 2016

China’s production of seafood has slowed with annual output of aquatic products reaching 66.9 million tons in 2014, an increase of 3.5 percent, according to data published by the Chinese agriculture ministry which oversees fisheries. China’s total output of seafood in 2014 totalled 64.5 million tons, up 4.5 percent over the previous year. The growth figure reported for 2013 was also 4.5 percent year on year when China’s seafood output

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February 5, 2016

Norway’s salmon sector is getting a boost from an ambitious chain of stores dedicated to selling salmon in China’s wealthiest region but also tapping into online sales channels.

The Guangzhou Xin Bao Salmon Chain Stores Co - a subsidiary of the Guangzhou Jun Hui Export-Import Co (also known as Guangzhou Convergency Trade Co) - has expanded to ten stores across southern China, with shops in Guangzhou but also as far inland as Changsha, the

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February 3, 2016

America comes out on top of a fascinating study on China’s tourists compiled by Asia-focused investment bank CLSA, which interviewed panels of mainland tourists over the past year to draw the key conclusion that the United States is the most desirable destination for Chinese tourists, with Australia and France also ranking highly.

The report also points to a series of beneficiaries– among them hotel chains, airlines and retailers - in

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Published on
January 26, 2016

Investment banks who advise some of China’s largest agricultural conglomerates have been telling Seafoodsource of intense interest in overseas producers of fishmeal. Big names like New Hope, Tongwei and the two giants of Guangdong province, Haid Co. and Wen’s Co., are very interested in acquiring fishmeal assets overseas to feed growing demand in China. Struggling with over-capacity in their core business of animal feed, the firms are

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