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
June 25, 2020

There’s been an explosion in the number of entrants to China’s seafood distribution sector, according to research produced by Qi Cha Cha, a consultancy providing information on corporate credit worthiness in China ... 

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Published on
June 24, 2020

A recent social media campaign by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) yielded an impressive 55 million impressions on the leading Chinese social media platform Weibo.

The campaign was part of a social media promotion this winter by ASMI, where 50 Weibo influencers posted about Alaska seafood and fans of the posts were entered to a lucky draw for Alaskan seafood prizes.

ASMI’s long-time marketing contractor in Shanghai, SMH

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Published on
June 24, 2020

An outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing falsely linked to salmon could prove fatal to some local industry players ... 

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Published on
June 23, 2020

The General Administration of Customs China (GACC) has written to the food safety agencies of most of its main trading partners to officially request assurances that food processing establishments eligible to export to China follow measures to prevent any COVID-19 contamination of food products during food production.

Additionally, U.S. seafood companies have gotten a form from customers in China requiring them to sign a declaration stating

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Published on
June 22, 2020

Despite the plunge in salmon sales in China in the past week due to its false linkage to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing, salmonids will be core to China’s future aquaculture investment, according to a leading executive in the aquafeed industry in China ... 

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Published on
June 19, 2020

An eye-catching new fishing vessel is generating fanfare in China.

At 120 meters in length and 21 meters wide, the Shen Lan was launched in May from a port in Shanghai by Shanghai Chong He Industry Group subsidiary Jiangsu Shen Lan Distant Water Fishing Co. (also known as Jiangsu Sunline Deep Sea Fishery Co. Ltd. or Sunline Fishery). The company aims to increase its krill processing with the new vessel, with the goal of producing human health

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Published on
June 18, 2020

An outbreak of COVID-19 linked to the Xinfadi market in Beijing has thus far sickened more than 130 people, and public concern that it may be linked to imported salmon have significantly disrupted seafood imports into China …

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Published on
June 18, 2020

Senegal has said no to more Chinese trawlers entering the country’s waters, even as China convenes a summit with African leaders this week.

The Senegalese Fisheries Ministry has said it won’t proceed with license applications for 53 vessels, mostly with Chinese and Turkish ownership.

“It’s an important step forward thanks to our action and alert the new demands for licenses have not been met,” Alassane Dieng, head

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Published on
June 17, 2020

There are some signs that talks at the World Trade Organization on ending harmful fishery subsidies may restart next month after being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A Heads of Delegation meeting has been announced by the negotiations chair for 25 June to begin discussing the latest draft proposal for a deal. A follow-up meeting for delegation leaders on 21 July will set a potential Autumn work program for

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Published on
June 16, 2020

An Irish oyster producer is reporting an uptick in Chinese demand ... 

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