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 15, 2020

Chinese seafood shoppers have been spooked by a new outbreak of the coronavirus in the country’s capital ... 

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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Published on
June 15, 2020

Jerry Knecht is the founder and president of Bali, Indonesia-headquartered P.T. Bali Seafood International, and a 2018 finalist for the Seafood Champion Award for Innovation.

Knecht founded P.T. Bali Seafood in 2009 as a subsidiary of Portland, Maine, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier North Atlantic, Inc. Knecht originally focused on importing Pacific tuna for American retailers, but his firm eventually evolved into an importer of

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Published on
June 12, 2020

Conservationists in Hong Kong remain puzzled by the scale of record illegal shark fin shipments into the city this year, at a time when overall consumption is down.

The two consecutive shark fin shipments, totaling 26 metric tons (MT) and valued at HKD 8.6 million (USD 1.1 million, EUR 950,000), were seized by the Hong Kong Customs on 28 April and 4 May. An estimated 38,500 sharks were killed for the fins seized in Hong Kong, mostly from the

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Published on
June 12, 2020

The world is unlikely to meet a United Nations sustainable development goal on ending overfishing, according to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization’s recent report on the state of the world fisheries.

But the U.N.’s blunt admission that the world’s failing to meet SDG Target 14.4 – to end overfishing of marine fisheries by 2020 – has not prevented the European Union from declaring a victory of sorts in

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Published on
June 11, 2020

Market research consultancies have been working hard to assess the actionable lifestyle trends and developments emerging in China in the wake of its coronavirus lockdown.

Even as home-bound Chinese turn to convenience cooking and take-out – which even before the coronavirus had been a popular option in major Chinese cities – market research consultants interviewed by SeafoodSource seem divided on the extent of the opportunity for

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Published on
June 10, 2020

A trawler owned by a Chinese distant-water fishing firm has been impounded by Ghanaian authorities for a second time for breaking the country’s fisheries laws.

The Lu Rong Yuan Yu 956 was arrested on 30 May by Ghana’s Marine Police for using nets with a mesh size below the legal limit and for catching undersized fish. A court date has been set for 16 June.

Locally registered to Ghana-based Gyinam Fisheries Ltd, The Lu Rong Yuan Yu

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Published on
June 9, 2020

Chinese seafood brands and conservationists were busy promoting for this year’s World Ocean Day on Monday, 8 June, with launches and celebrity endorsements ... 

Photos courtesy of Shanghai Huamer Foods,

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Published on
June 8, 2020

China has announced a major shake-up of its fisheries insurance sector ... 

Photo courtesy of Brook

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Published on
June 8, 2020

As China’s foodservice sector gets back to business, bluefin tuna is emerging as a new favorite in the marketplace.

As one offshoot of the trend, reopening restaurants are using “fish-opening” ceremonies featuring bluefin tuna to draw in new business …

Image courtesy of Nadaman Restaurant

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Published on
June 3, 2020

Surging imports of sea cucumber into the United States have prompted the Center for Biological Diversity to seek to outlaw the trade in a sub-species, the black teatfish.

The Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.-based conservation-focused nonprofit has filed a petition with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service, requesting that it list the black teatfish under the Endangered Species Act because overfishing of the species

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