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
August 17, 2020

A major fishing port in China is offering to subsidize the establishment of fishing and aquaculture bases by local firms operating abroad ... 

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Published on
August 17, 2020

A spate of new investment in aquafeed facilities across China in recent years may be about to taper, according to a new Rabobank report ... 

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Published on
August 13, 2020

Freight rates from China have dropped in recent months as the country’s transport authorities continue to reopen international routes – good news for seafood firms hit with soaring freight rates to China when the virus took hold in the spring.

“Although rates have decreased by 25 percent on the rate that was seen during the peak of the pandemic, we have seen a small increase over the last couple of weeks, but [they are] still

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Published on
August 13, 2020

Authorities in Dalian are seeking to cushion local seafood firms from the coronavirus fallout just as a new detection in Yantai city has been linked to packaging on imported seafood, which came through Dalian port …

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Published on
August 13, 2020

Just as five new Chinese vessels have set sail for Mozambique, one of the country’s top fishing hubs has reported a recovery in processing based on strong growth of distant-water catches.

The five vessels, which departed for the east African nation of Mozambique this week, are owned by the Guangdong Xie Sheng Distant Water Fishing Co., which said in a statement that the launch was in keeping with the Chinese government’s Belt &

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Published on
August 12, 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has hurt China’s domestic seafood market, there are signs of confidence in the country’s seafood processing and trading sector.

One of China’s leading conglomerates is hiring again – the Shandong Ocean Group Co has advertised in local media for a range of managerial and R&D positions at its subsidiary companies in the province. The state-owned firm has a processing arm and is also

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Published on
August 11, 2020

A leading supplier of feed to China’s aquaculture sector is working with state television to lure farmers towards new premium fish species, with the hope of driving feed sales.

The Tongwei Group is sponsoring “Zhi Fu Jing,” a popular program on the China Central Television’s (CCTV) Agriculture TV channel. The program features rural businesspeople successfully venturing into aquaculture using new methods, species, and

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Published on
August 10, 2020

New research suggests contamination of oyster beds with plastics, paint, and baby formula in Asia could reveal a larger emerging global public health risk.

Scientists from the University of California, Irvine, in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund, Cornell University, and Australia’s University of Queensland, found traces of plastics, kerosene, paint, talc, and milk supplement powders in the beds on the eastern Andaman Sea of

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Published on
August 7, 2020

Tensions mounted between China and the United States over China’s expansionistic fishing policy after a Chinese government spokesman lashed out at American “smears” and interference in his country’s relations with Ecuador.

During his regular press briefing, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said America has no right to lecture China because it hasn’t ratified the United

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Published on
August 5, 2020

China’s government continues to press an expansion of the country’s distant-water fleet as a strategic national priority.

A launch party recently took place for three new vessels to be operated by state-owned fishing firm Shandong Provincial Distant Water Fishing Co. (also known as Shandong Fisheries Co), which will be sent to Morocco, adding to the growing Chinese fleet in the country.

The Peony 1, 2, and 3 vessels were sent off

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