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
August 3, 2020

The fallout from the coronavirus outbreak in Dalian, China, continues to cause havoc for seafood importers and traders, with a heightened inspection regime delaying seafood shipments across the country ... 

Photo courtesy of Mark

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Published on
August 3, 2020

With rising domestic demand for crustaceans, China’s shrimp farmers are seeking products and advice to improve their output. Some turn to one of the most recognizable corporate logos across China – that of German chemicals giant Bayer, which is increasing its footprint in China’s aquaculture sector as it seeks to profit from tighter environmental regulation and efficiencies in the country’s shrimp farming sector.

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Published on
July 31, 2020

A European Union investigation into Ireland’s ability to monitor catches of small pelagic fish species is continuing.

The probe, which is also looking at the lack of control of bluefin tuna catches by recreational fishing boats, resulted from E.U. concerns over underreporting of pelagic catches by some Irish fishing companies. But the Irish fishing industry has disputed the weighing system introduced by the Sea Fisheries Protection

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Published on
July 28, 2020

Two Latin American fishery conservation groups have teamed up to fight illegal fishing of squid in the international waters of the southwest Atlantic and the Pacific in a move that could have consequences for the large Chinese fleet in the region.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between CALAMASUR [the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Jumbo Flying Squid in the South Pacific], which includes industry stakeholders

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Published on
July 28, 2020

The China International Fisheries and Seafood Expo, scheduled for 28 to 30 October, 2020, in Qingdao, has been canceled for this year.

Blaming “the global epidemic situation and the impact of force majeure factors in epidemic management and control,” the organizers said the event is being moved to 27 to 29 October, 2021.

First held in 1996, the event is now one of the world's largest seafood trade shows, featuring 1,500 exhibitors in

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Published on
July 27, 2020

Chinese consumers’ demand for fresh food delivery has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, driving a young Chinese e-commerce player to raise nearly half a billion dollars to continue expanding its delivery network.

Beijing-based home delivery firm Missfresh has raised USD 495 million (EUR 425.7 million), split between cash injections from state-backed China International Capital Corporation (CICC) and state-run ICBC International

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Published on
July 27, 2020

Chinese police have arrested a woman accused of spreading rumors on social media about an outbreak of COVID-19 connected to a well-known Dalian based seafood processor.

In an announcement on Weibo, the Public Security Bureau in Dalian said it’s holding a 68-year-old woman for “disseminating false rumors” around the magnitude of an outbreak of coronavirus at processing facilities owned by Kaiyang World Seafood Co.

Among the

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Published on
July 24, 2020

Irish fisheries protection authorities have been battling a surge in poaching that appears connected to the mass furloughing of workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also restricted the activity of enforcement officers.

Inland Fisheries Ireland, which monitors salmon entering rivers from the Atlantic, has seized driftnets and illegally caught salmon along the western coast in recent weeks, with two of its officers the victims of false

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Published on
July 23, 2020

World Trade Organization (WTO) talks on ending harmful fishing subsidies resumed this week, and a return to intensive negotiations has been set for September. The timeline, however, creates a tight squeeze to reach the 31 December deadline for a deal.

Santiago Wills, the chairman of the talks, brought the heads of delegations together on 21 July for a plenary session, the first such in-person session in a month. But while there had been hopes

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Published on
July 22, 2020

Troubled Chinese seafood firm Zoneco Group Co has a new boss, and a possible path to renewed profitability …

Photo by Chris

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