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
October 14, 2020

China’s distant-water fishing industry has “glorious achievements” to be proud of, according to the head of the state-sponsored lobby group representing the sector.

Speaking at the China International Fishery Cooperation Summit in Guangzhou recently, China Distant-Water Fishing Association Secretary General Huang Bao Shan said the development of the sector “has been orderly” and that it has invested in equipment

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Published on
October 13, 2020

U.S. shrimp exports to China are down this year, despite an agreement by China to buy more American seafood ... 

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Published on
October 13, 2020

A CNY 2.3 billion (USD 345 million, EUR 299 million) deal will see China’s leading state-owned shipbuilder supply a service fleet to one of the country’s offshore aquaculture players ... 

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Published on
October 13, 2020

Chinese caviar producer Hangzhou Qiandaohu Xunlong Co., which owns the Kaluga Queen brand, is expecting to more than triple the percentage of its sales in China’s domestic market in 2020 ... 

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Published on
October 13, 2020

Suggestions of E.U. compromise on fisheries to get a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom have drawn the ire of key Irish producer group the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO).

The E.U. is preparing to reallocate U.K. rights to the E.U.’s waters rather than insist on a continuation of the current system (and E.U. trawlers’ continued access to British waters), as had been European Commission’s position up to now,

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Published on
October 8, 2020

A commercial satellite operator has established that Chinese fishing vessels routinely turned off their Automatic Identification System (AIS) tracking system hundreds of times to ‘go dark’ in waters near Ecuador, contradicting assertions of the Chinese ambassador to Ecuador to a parliamentary committee in Quito …

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Published on
October 7, 2020

A letter from the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau to seafood trading companies has suggested they avoid importing products from countries with a high count of active coronavirus cases, the latest move by the Chinese government to shut the door on trading partners they deem a threat to national health and security.

Countries that may be affected by the move include India – whose exporters have already reported a significant custom

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Published on
October 7, 2020

Average prices for crustaceans dropped 17 percent year-on-year and 11.8 percent month-on-month in China in August, according to the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing ... 

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Published on
October 5, 2020

As a second COVID-19 lockdown deflates demand for Myanmar’s seafood exports, aquaculture and sustainability training programs are struggling to remain viable.

Kevin Fitzimmons, an advisor on the EUR 25 million (USD 29.5 million) Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Program (MYSAP), funded by the European Union and German development agency GIZ, told SeafoodSource the local seafood economy has been battered by market complications caused by the

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Published on
October 1, 2020

CNFC Overseas Fishery Co. has received a subsidy package, while Pingtan Marine has landed a large squid catch ... 

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