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 3, 2020

The ongoing annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s parliament, which began on 22 May, has been dominated by discussions on the impact of the coronavirus, which forced the postponement of the meeting from its original dates in March.

But within the corridors of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where delegates meet once a year to rubber stamp laws drafted by the Communist Party, delegates from the

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Published on
June 2, 2020

Companies producing omega-3s from seafood inputs like krill oil are having a great year thanks to increased demand for health products, according to an industry insider ... 

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June 1, 2020

The American operations of Guolian Aquatic, China’s leading shrimp exporter and one of its biggest seafood firms, is forecasting a drop of 20 to 25 percent in its earnings from sales in the U.S. due to coronavirus

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Published on
May 29, 2020

Chinese fishing firms are lining up to get distant-water bases built as part of any fiscal stimulus plan being readied by the central government.

One of the projects breaking ground is the Fuzhou Lianjiang National Distant-Water Fishing Base, which is being billed as a CNY 1.5 billion (USD 210 million, EUR 195 million) investment on a 336-hectare site.

“Aside from Rongcheng and Zhoushan, this is one of only three such bases to get official

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Published on
May 28, 2020

A Chinese based fishery firm is exiting cattle-farming to focus on aquaculture and fish-trading after flagging a loss of USD 12.1 million (EUR 11.01 million) for 2019 ... 

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Published on
May 28, 2020

China’s economy is weakening, and that could spell the end of the country’s fledgling marine salmon sector.

In April, the CKGSB Business Conditions Index (BCI) registered a score of 42.2, up less than one percentage point from March (41.3), but well below the 50-point mark, which suggests a positive reading. The latest monthly reading of the index, compiled by the respected Beijing business school of the same name, comes with a

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Published on
May 27, 2020

China’s processing industry is slowly consolidating, but there remains a huge amount of overcapacity, according to a research report on the industry ... 

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Published on
May 26, 2020

Canadian seafood exports to China decreased by 21 percent in value and by 3 percent in quantity during the first quarter of 2020, relative to the same period in 2019.

“This decline is mainly due to a shift in sales from …

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Published on
May 25, 2020

What’s being billed as the most modern fishing and processing vessel in the world has departed from a Chinese port for a “trial voyage” to the Southern Ocean.

A subsidiary of Chinese marine engineering firm Shanghai Chong He Industry Group (also known as Chong He Marine Heavy Industries Co) – which specializes in “niche” marine equipment such as underwater mining and wind power installation facilities –

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Published on
May 25, 2020

Demand for exotic and endangered fish species has collapsed in Hong Kong due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the city’s government still needs to do more to improve the control and traceability of reef fish being smuggled in, according to Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson, a leading expert in the illegal trade of reef species like wrasse and grouper, which have become increasingly expensive and scarce largely due to demand from the banqueting

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