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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September 18, 2020

Alaskan black cod has featured on a Jiangsu TV news report after a Sam’s Club customer in Nanjing reported finding a worm growing inside a fish steak ... 

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September 18, 2020

There is a growing demand for branded freshwater fish like pangasius in China, including products promoted by aquaculture and trading giants like the Tongwei Group, according to field research by two Australian academics in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

The study, conducted by researchers Julian Fang and Michael Fabinyi of the University of Technology Sydney, and provided to SeafoodSource, is based on interviews with seafood vendors

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September 16, 2020

Troubled Chinese scallop producer and seafood distributor Zoneco Aquatic has received critical financial support in the form of a loan from a major bank this week, at the same time as the country’s securities regulator has sent a case surrounding corporate misgovernance at the firm to prosecutors

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September 16, 2020

China’s squid-fishing fleet is hoovering up food stocks essential to the survival of rare species on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, according to research by Oceana, an NGO which has been tracking over 300 Chinese vessels in the waters.

A statement from the U.S.-based nonprofit notes that squid are “essential to the diet of iconic Galápagos species such as fur seals and hammerhead sharks, as well as for many

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September 16, 2020

The future of Chinese aquaculture is on display this week in Jiangsu Province, where the feed and energy giant Tongwei Group is showcasing a new Jiangsu Provincial Level Premium Products Park.

The park incorporates several large fish ponds all partly covered with solar panels, which will collectively generate 50 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The ponds produce crabs, turtles, crayfish, and prawns, according to an invitation for the grand opening

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September 14, 2020

An industry body in Peru has signed a memorandum of understanding with a key regional non-governmental organization, committing to better manage biodiversity in waters that are a key supply point for Chinese demand for seafood and fishmeal.

The Comité de Pesca y Acuicultura de la Sociedad Nacional de Industrias de Perú signed the agreement with Organizacion para la Protección de los Recursos del Atlántico Sur (OPRAS,

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September 14, 2020

The fallout from two high-profile incidents of COVID-19 being linked to seafood sold in China has contributed to a shift in the way online business-to-business seafood seller Gfresh approaches the Chinese marketplace

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September 11, 2020

The city government in one of China’s foremost seafood processing hubs has launched wage subsidies for seafood processors as well as marketing supports designed to nudge the local processing sector – traditionally dependent on exports – towards the domestic market ... 

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September 11, 2020

Two senior Chinese fisheries officials are facing corruption charges in a city on the border between China and North Korea, which has previously been linked to illegal fishing.

The head of the Ocean and Fisheries Bureau in Dandong, a port city which sits at the exit of the Yalu River into the East China Sea, is being vetted by the Communist Party’s internal disciplinary arm for corruption.

Nie Hong Sheng, who had spent over two decades in

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September 10, 2020

A company committed to digitizing the Chinese fishing fleet has won an industry award for its B2B internet services.

Ningbo Hai Shang Xian Information Technology Ltd. Co., which developed the “Hai Shang Xian” (literally “On the Sea Fresh”), allowing trawlers sell their catches while still at sea, was chosen as one of the Top 100 Chinese Industrial Internet Companies in 2020 at the annual China B2B Internet Summit in

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