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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July 21, 2020

Seán O’Donoghue is the chief executive officer of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, the largest producers body of its type in Ireland.

O’Donoghue previously worked at the Irish agriculture and fisheries ministries, as well as the national seafood agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhára (BIM). He served on the board of the European Association of Producer Organisations for a decade and is a noted expert in the workings

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July 17, 2020

The latest results filed by a flagship Chinese fishing firm show the company losing money, while still betting big on tuna …

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July 16, 2020

China’s need for foreign labor to man its distant water fleet has come into sharp focus after a Chinese skipper was arrested by Indonesian authorities investigating the death of an Indonesian crew member.

Chinese trawler captain Song Chuanyun was taken into custody by Riau Islands Provincial Police this week on charges of assault and human trafficking following the death of an Indonesian crew member, whose body was recently

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July 15, 2020

A Chinese research firm with a background in both genetics and seafood is providing testing to seafood counters at Walmart stores around China in a bid to reassure consumers about COVID-19 contamination …

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July 15, 2020

China has started to enforce a new pollutant regulation for the seafood processing sector after a delay in earlier in the year due to the COVID-19 outbreak …

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July 15, 2020

The U.S., grappling with China’s trade surplus, looks to have dented the prospects of imported U.S. seafood in China by depressing local consumer sentiment, according to a top official in a leading value-added seafood company.

Dry, packaged seafood snacks such as strips of squid are top sellers in Chinese snack stores, but discretionary spending has been hammered by the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to Liu Rongru, joint-chairman and chief

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July 14, 2020
China has impounded a fishmeal processing ship in its own waters for illegally buying small fish, in a move that reflects what has been happening in West African waters. The Lu Wei Yu 6088 has been brought in to Dandong port near the North Korean border after being chased by the China Coast Guard for purchasing fish during the closed season currently underway in the East China Sea. The vessel was built in 2014 for Shandong Weihai Huawang Marine… Read More
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July 13, 2020

A resolution has yet to be found for the suspension of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification of Zoneco Group Co’s scallop fishery.

A dispute between the seafood company and the third-party accreditor overseeing the certification saw China’s first MSC fishery certification suspended earlier this year. In January of 2020, the first notice for suspension of fisheries certificate came due to a contractual issue between the

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July 13, 2020

Fisheries remains a chronically low-wage industry in China, but there are signs of improved efficiency and productivity.

The average wage in the industry stood at CNY 21,108 (USD 2,955, EUR 2,744) in 2019, according to the National Fishery Economy Statistical Review, published recently by the Chinese Agriculture Ministry. That’s up six percent on the 2018 figure, but looks meager given what the ministry classifies as the “farm,

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July 10, 2020

An apparent coronavirus-related slowdown in customs processing in China is hampering exporters accessing the country’s seafood markets.

Indian seafood exporters have noticed a slowdown in checks at Chinese customs, which is backing up containers of inbound Indian shrimp, according to The Hindu BusinessLine. The average checking time has gone from three to 10 days, making Chinese buyers hesitant, according to Indian seafood exporters, some

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