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 2, 2021

The new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has emphasized her commitment to getting a deal done on ending fishery subsidies.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a trained economist and former government minister in Nigeria, was appointed as WTO director-general in February.

On Monday, 1 March, Okonjo-Iweala addressed the media in front of WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, speaking beside an ice sculpture in the shape of a fish placed

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March 1, 2021

The owners of one of China’s leading online vendors of seafood is seeking to offload a 25 percent stake in the company in order to pay down debt ...

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March 1, 2021

Maine-based North Atlantic Inc. is selling its stake in its Indonesian-based PT Bali Seafood International processing operation

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March 1, 2021

Norwegian marine engineering firm AqualisBraemer has signed a memorandum of understanding with a major Chinese research institute, finding a market for its expertise in China’s expansion of its offshore aquaculture industry. 

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February 26, 2021

The leading player in China’s seafood snacks industry is desperately trying to recover from a hammer-blow dealt to its sales by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xiamen-based China Shenghai Group Ltd. (formerly Shenghai Food Holdings Company Limited) has changed its logo as it seeks to recoup sales lost due to the country’s COVID-19-related lockdown last year, which resulted in lower sales and a sharp drop in its share price.

A major buyer of

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February 26, 2021

China’s top port for squid landings has initiated a strategy to increase influence over pricing of the species and expand its share of the domestic market ... 

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February 25, 2021

Singaporean upmarket seafood restaurant chain Jumbo Group appears to have U-turned on its targeted expansion in China to focus on its home market.

Jumbo permanently closed a high-profile branch in Shanghai’s Raffles City mall during the COVID-19 lockdown. The firm still operates three Jumbo Seafood Restaurant outlets in Shanghai, as well as one in Beijing and Xi’an, and two in Fuzhou. The firm also operates other brands in China and

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February 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on Hong Kong’s seafood trade, but the city retains an outsized role in Asia in promoting more sustainable consumption of seafood. With the second-highest per capita seafood consumption levels in Asia (and eighth-highest globally), the city’s role as a free port and trading hub for the mainland Chinese market also makes it a prime location for changing purchasing habits in greater China.

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February 23, 2021

A major Chinese distant-water fishing and seafood supply chain management firm is blaming COVID-related restrictions and checks at Chinese ports for losses it recorded in the last nine months of 2020.

China Ocean Group Development Limited told investors in a statement that increased “mortality” and “spoilage” of its fish at Chinese ports caused it significant losses. According to the statement, “the group expected

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February 19, 2021

China splurged on government infrastructure spending in 2020, building new seafood markets and other related facilities ... 

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