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 10, 2020

The profusion of cheap labor and land continues to reduce the incentives for investors in Southeast Asian seafood producing locations like Indonesia, according to Jimmy Lim, president of the Institution of Aquaculture Singapore ... 

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Published on
September 9, 2020

With the traditionally busy mid-autumn festival season and National Day approaching, Chinese online retailer JD.com is pledging to give domestic seafood a lift by committing to 200,000 metric tons (MT) of product from local suppliers.

The pledge comes after JD.com's successful cooperation with the key tilapia player Hainan Xiangtai Fishery Co., which has also diversified into pomfret and shrimp for the domestic market and which saw its sales of

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Published on
September 8, 2020

Sales of imported seafood fell by up to 50 percent in the wake of China’s linking of coronavirus to imported seafood this summer, but are recovering fast as consumers turn to seafood as a health boost ... 

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Published on
September 8, 2020

It made its name by using shipping containers for aquaculture and agriculture. Now Zhaoqing Guangdong Guan Xing Agri Science Co. has been listed among seven “key demonstration technology projects” selected by China’s Agriculture Ministry for special support, a designation that typically includes grant aid and promotional assistance. 

Guan Xing is bringing data management to a model of aquaculture, in which regular shipping

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Published on
September 7, 2020

A trove of data published earlier this year suggested the scale of China’s distant-water fleet is much larger than official figures from China suggest. Data mining specialist Miren Gutierrez, a research associate at the London, United Kingdom-based Overseas Development Institute and lead author of the report, titled “China’s Distant-Water Fishing Fleet – Scale, Impact and Governance,” talked to SeafoodSource about

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Published on
September 2, 2020

A top Chinese distant-water fishery firm is looking to expand its global footprint as it seeks tuna to supply growing domestic demand.

Shandong Zhonglu Oceanic Fisheries Co. has launched a new “Jin Qiang Yu” (Mandarin for tuna) app, with the state-controlled firm aiming for direct sales to Chinese consumers …

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Published on
September 1, 2020

Chinese authorities have scrapped a series of customs requirements in a bid to boost its export-oriented seafood firms ... 

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Published on
September 1, 2020

Guangdong, China-based aquaculture feed and antibiotics producer Li Yang Aquatic has announced its results for 2019, as it also brings a new automated manufacturing plant online and expands its presence in Vietnam.

The company grew its revenues in 2019 by 25 percent to CNY 379 million (USD 53 million, EUR 45.4 million), while profit attributable to shareholders was up 120 percent year-on-year to CNY 27.9 million (USD 3.9 million, EUR 3.3

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Published on
August 31, 2020

Jing A, a microbrewery and restaurant chain in Beijing, is often regarded as one of the hippest hang-outs in the Chinese capital, regularly drawing a large clientele of the city’s well heeled. A sure sign that life is returning to normal in the city – after a long dry period due to the coronavirus – is the Cajun Crayfish Festival that recently took place at Jing A.

The festival drew hundreds to the bar, with attendees

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Published on
August 28, 2020

Recent floods in central China have wreaked havoc upon the country’s sturgeon farmers, who are now dealing with a wave of escapes that could seriously impact their caviar production.

Authorities in China’s northwestern province of Gansu, which embraced sturgeon farming in recent years as a new source of economic growth, are warning of ecological chaos as thousands of the valuable fish escaped upstream to lakes in neighboring Sichuan

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