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.

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April 2, 2021

Two Chinese corporations have announced major investments in seed production, in line with a national governmental plan to expand local self-sufficiency in producing seedlings for aquaculture ... 

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April 2, 2021

Taiwan’s fisheries regulator has answered NGO claims of forced labor in its fishing fleet through a statement issued to SeafoodSource.

Noting the attention NGOs have brought to the abuse of foreign workers aboard Taiwanese fishing vessels, the Taiwan Fisheries Agency said in its statement it has “endeavored to improve the protection of the rights and benefits of the crew members through institutional guarantees.”

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Published on
April 1, 2021

A new Russian crab-fishing and -processing vessel will service the Japanese and U.S. markets with processed products ... 

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April 1, 2021

A flotilla of 220 Chinese fishing vessels has arrived at the Whitsun Reef, near the western Philippines province of Palawan in the South China Sea.

Part of the Spratly Islands, which China calls the Nansha archipelago, the Whitsun Reef lies within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines. But China has been aggressive in pressing its own claims to the Spratly Islands and other contested islands in the South China Sea, despite a 2016 United

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Published on
March 30, 2021

A World Health Organization (WHO) team studying the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak has released a report saying its spread to humans from the packaging of “cold-chain” food products is possible, but not likely.

According to the Associated Press, which obtained an advanced copy of the report, the WHO team – working in conjunction with Chinese researchers – determined COVID-19 can travel through the cold chain, but that

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Published on
March 26, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 on China’s seafood sector has been significant, with the country’s seafood imports down 20 percent and its exports falling by 8 percent in 2020.

Marina Huang, the vice general manager at third-party quality assurance company Helmsman Quality and Technology Services (HQTS) Group, has had a first-hand view of how the pandemic has affected China’s seafood processing sector. Based in the southern Chinese

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Published on
March 24, 2021

The Qingdao municipal government is investing CNY 850 million (USD 127.5 million, EUR 110.5 million) in an international seafood trade and logistics center in the northern Chinese city.

The Qingdao municipal government’s investment will help build the first phase of the China Yellow Sea Agricultural Wholesale Market, to be built alongside the high-speed railway line in the city suburbs.

The overall facility spans 350,000 square meters and

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March 24, 2021

Despite pushback from Western health authorities, senior officials in China’s government continue to claim live strains of COVID-19 can be carried on frozen seafood packaging ... 

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March 23, 2021

A new report on labor abuses in the tuna-fishing industry points to “sustained abuse of workers” aboard vessels.

The report by the United Kingdom-based Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), “All at Sea: An Evaluation of Company Efforts to Address Modern Slavery in Pacific Supply Chains of Canned Tuna," found labor abuse issues were worsening as a result of increased demand for tuna during the global COVID-19

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March 23, 2021

Exemptions for small, coastal fishing operations remain a contentious issue in World Trade Organization negotiations on a deal to end harmful subsidies to fisheries.

Negotiators, who are meeting in person at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland, are largely in agreement that there should be special treatment for artisanal and subsistence fishers, but remain divided on how the exclusions would be structured.

Last month, three South American states

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