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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August 27, 2020

German metals specialist the Wieland Group has landed a contract for brass mesh cages for a fish farm installed in a typhoon-prone area of southeast China ... 

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August 26, 2020

Joyvio, the owner of Santiago, Chile-based Australis Seafoods, has launched a new brand on China’s leading e-commerce websites to drum up interest in its subsidiary’s salmon.

The “Jia Wo Xian Sheng” launch gives the firm a single unified brand on JD.com and Tmall. The product also prominently displays its four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council certifications in an effort to provide

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August 26, 2020

Norway’s seafood exports to China were set back by the reported discovery of coronavirus on a salmon cutting board at a Beijing wholesale market in June …

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August 25, 2020

Any hopes that China’s local salmon producers would benefit from the recent troubles of imported product appear to be dashed, with a leading local producer reporting dire results for the first half of the year

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August 24, 2020

An Estonian marine fuel supply firm has secured a favorable decision from an arbitration court in China in a dispute with an unnamed Fujian-based distant-water fishing company

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August 21, 2020

Supplies of Antarctic krill are “extremely abundant,” according to the CEO of a major state-owned Chinese fishing company that recently announced the commission of a new krill fishing and processing vessel ... 

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August 19, 2020

A Hong Kong-based seafood firm is bulking up aquaculture and fishing operations in Cambodia and Mozambique to supply seafood to catering customers in China

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August 19, 2020

Beijing authorities have announced the phased reopening of a market connected with a highly publicized incident falsely linking imported salmon to the coronavirus.

The Xinfadi market made world headlines when an outbreak of COVID-19 was linked to a cutting board used for imported salmon.  A few days after the scare, China’s food inspection authority announced that after inspecting the samples from the market, it didn’t have any

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August 18, 2020

A Chinese region that is home to a significant portion of the country’s distant-water fishing effort is reporting a bumper start to 2020, even as the catch in domestic waters is being cut for conservation.

A new document from the Fujian Ocean and Fisheries Bureau provides catch data from the south-easterly province, where many Chinese vessels that fish in West Africa and in Latin America are based. 

“Thanks to the renewal and

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August 18, 2020

Chinese distant-water fishing firm Pingtan Marine is blaming a COVID-19 hit to demand in China for dragging down prices, as it reported a loss of USD 1.7 million (EUR 1.42 million) for the first half of 2020

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