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 15, 2021

China’s aquaculture sector is challenged by worsening demographics and low tech, as well as a lack of finance.

That was the downbeat assessment of aquaculture executive Du Ji, a delegate to the National People’s Congress, which meets for a week every year to determine China’s policy course. Du runs Nanchong Wu Hua Aquaculture Co., which farms freshwater species for sales to China’s domestic market.

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March 11, 2021

The Chinese market for lobsters is becoming more competitive as U.S. exporters regain a foothold there ... 

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March 11, 2021

Global Fishing Watch data has shown a significant drop in fishing effort last year, apparently correlated to global COVID-19 lockdowns.

Founded in 2015, Global Fishing Watch is a partnership between Google and the advocacy groups Oceana and SkyTruth that collects vessel location data from satellite images and tracking systems,

Global Fishing Watch recorded 18.4 percent fewer active Chinese-flagged fishing vessels and 10.7 percent fewer fishing

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March 9, 2021

Lower prices bolstered Norwegian salmon sales in China during the Chinese New Year festival last month ... 

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March 9, 2021

Authorities in China’s leading distant-water fishing port are reforming the ownership structures of its commercial fishing companies.

The municipal government in Zhoushan, which is home to approximately two-thirds of China’s distant-water fleet and which claims to be the world’s leading destination for global squid catches, is seeking to phase out a local ownership model from one of independent fishermen owning individual boats

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March 9, 2021

Chinese tilapia remains in favor with African buyers, despite efforts to increase local production.

Papa Tilapia Imports in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, is seeking suppliers in China to meet rising local demand, according to the company’s owner, Salumba Sheriff.

Sheriff said he’s currently buying from a company in Vietnam, but is shopping around for better deals. He told SeafoodSource he wants to buy 15 to 20 forty-foot

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March 8, 2021

Boston lobster, perch, crab, and turbot featured in a bumper cooked meal trade for JD.com during the recent Chinese New Year festival ... 

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March 4, 2021

There are more signs China is refocusing its investment efforts with the news that the country has greatly scaled back lending through its policy banks to developing Africa and Latin America.

In 2020, for the first time in 15 years, there were no loans extended to Latin America by the China Development Bank or the Export Import Bank, according to the Global Development Policy Center at Boston University, which keeps tabs on

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March 4, 2021

Brown crab exported from Ireland and the U.K. is in hot demand from Chinese seafood traders, but British and Irish crab supplies to China remain limited ... 

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March 3, 2021

China’s longstanding policy goal of obtaining more seafood from overseas may be changing.

The country's commitment to investing in global aquaculture projects has gone tepid in the past year, despite a policy set by its Ministry of Agriculture to increase China’s international cooperation in aquaculture, with the goal of shifting away from large-scale domestic aquaculture production and toward sourcing more domestically-consumed

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