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
September 30, 2020

There’s speculation in Beijing diplomatic circles this month as to whether China will sign a free trade deal with Norway this year.

Negotiators have been working on the deal for more than a decade, but the talks were paused after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010. Afterward, Norwegian exporters had to watch the Chinese salmon market grow 30 percent while Norway’s share was eaten up by newcomers

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September 29, 2020

An increasing number of seafood firms are opening Instagram accounts to tap digital sales in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Anton Trantin, the co-founder of YORSO, a supply chain management platform start-up.

Trantin told SeafoodSource there’s been a significant increase in the number of client firms with Instagram accounts this year. The figure is based on a survey conducted by Yorso from April through June of 100

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September 29, 2020

Wild salmon returns are up in Ireland, likely due to an easier run for the fish into Ireland's rivers during the COVID-19 lockdown.

While official data isn’t yet available, anecdotal evidence suggests that decreased predation during the coronavirus lockdown period may have allowed more of the fish to enter Ireland’s rivers from the Atlantic to spawn, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland, which provided details to

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September 28, 2020

Ireland’s lucrative crab export trade with China has slowed due to cadmium testing demanded by Chinese authorities.

The extra time involved in testing and waiting on results for export paperwork has made live shipments to China an increasingly difficult proposition for Irish exporters, according to Ireland’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA).

Some volumes are getting through, according to an SFPA statement to SeafoodSource,

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September 24, 2020

Caviar from China and Spain is undercutting higher-quality product from the Caspian Sea with false marketing claims, according to a leading importer supplying the European market ... 

Photo courtesy of C. Na

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September 24, 2020

A leading Chinese international fishing company has been featured in a professionally-shot video aimed at promoting African fisheries in the Chinese media.

Fujian, China-based Poly Hong Dong Fishery Co. (also known as Fuzhou Hong Dong Yuan Yang Fishing Co.), which operates a USD 200 million (EUR 171.5 million) fishing base in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, on Africa’s northwest coast, is the feature subject of the video, posted recently on the

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September 23, 2020

Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance and Inspection Services has terminated its relationship with the Zoneco Group after serving as the third-party certifying body for the company’s Marine Stewardship Council certification for its scallop fishery.

A statement provided to SeafoodSource by Lloyd’s Register Business Assurance and Inspection Services Global Marketing Communications Manager Beth Elliot confirmed the move, two months

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September 21, 2020

China’s Customs authorities have announced the discovery of traces of COVID-19 on the packaging of seafood originating from Indonesia and Russia.

A shipment of frozen hairtail shipped by Medan City, Indonesia-based Pt. Putri Indah was held by the General Administration of Customs after its packaging was found to contain traces of the novel coronavirus. In response, China has announced that imports from the firm will be barred for a week,

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September 21, 2020

Irish lobster catchers deserve a support package to shield them from any new surge of U.S. imports, according to Chris MacManus, an Irish member of the European Parliament.

McManus blames former European Union Trade Commissioner (and fellow Irishman) Phil Hogan for not consulting Irish fishermen before doing a trade deal in August to cut tariffs on American lobster imports from eight percent to zero. That deal, said MacManus, was a “kick

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September 21, 2020

Sea cucumber prices are up despite the COVID-19 crisis, in part due to shrinking local supply, according to Lim Shrimp Organization CEO and chief aquaculture officer Djames Lim ... 

Photo courtesy of seven

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