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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March 22, 2021

New data from China’s Hainan Province has revealed its tilapia exports are still growing, despite efforts to improve domestic sales ... 

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March 19, 2021

Demand for Irish oysters is soaring in China, but some are being relabeled as French by rogue traders looking to cash in on the pricing premium enjoyed by the French-based Gillardeau company in the Chinese market.

A Chinese trader was jailed recently for reboxing Irish oysters with the Gillardeau brand. Gillardeau oysters are produced by the family of the same name in western France, though the firm also farms oysters in the south of

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March 18, 2021

Fuzhou Hong Dong Yuan Yang Fishing Co. has announced it will complete work on a new fishing port in the Latin American nation of Guyana later this year ... 

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March 18, 2021

A suite of subsidies is being offered by the city of Rui’an, a suburb of the major port of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province, with the goal of expanding the region’s offshore aquaculture industry …

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March 17, 2021

Chinese tuna firm Zhejiang Ocean Family has reported a bumper tuna catch in Pacific waters.

On its maiden voyage after refurbishment, the Xin Shi Ji 112 purse-seiner returned to port after 18 days “loaded to the brim’ with tuna, according to a company announcement.

“Normally such a fishing expedition takes 30 to 35 days for a full load,” Ocean Family said.  

Ocean Family’s tuna-fishing vessels operate in waters

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Published on
March 17, 2021

Shandong Zhonglu Oceanic Fisheries Co. has flagged a big fall in revenues and profit for 2020 ... 

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Published on
March 16, 2021

Taiwan’s fishing authorities have responded to being placed on a U.S. government blacklist by listing a series of measures it introduced in the past year to combat forced labor.

In October 2020, the U.S. Labor Department placed Taiwan on its 2020 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. In response, Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency has ordered the country’s Department of Transport to ensure that all vessels than 24

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Published on
March 16, 2021

In-Naggar, Malta-based aquaculture research and development firm AquaBioTech Group has partnered with the China Agricultural University and aquaculture firm Mingbo Aquatic Co. to research high-precision detection technologies for monitoring grouper and rainbow trout ... 

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March 15, 2021

Demand from aquaculture feed producers helped ensure China’s soy imports hit an historic high in 2020, totaling 100 million metric tons (MT), up from one million MT imported in 1995.

In an interview with SeafoodSource, U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) China Director Xiaoping “Jim” Zhang said China’s uptake of soy represents a major win for the United States, which is one of the country’s top three soy suppliers

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March 15, 2021

The leading supplier of king crab to China has joined a business alliance to extend its reach into the premium end of the Chinese seafood market ... 

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