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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January 15, 2021

Ireland’s seafood exports to Asia and the European Union declined in 2020, while shipments to Africa soared, largely due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic …

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January 14, 2021

MERCOSUR did not sign a memorandum of understanding with a major Chinese fishing firm, despite the firm’s claim in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ... 

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January 13, 2021

The construction of Calysseo’s new FeedKind alternative protein plant in Chongqing, China, poses no long-term challenge to the fishmeal and fish oil industry, according to the sector’s largest trade group.

Work commenced in early January on Calysseo’s new plant in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing as part of a joint venture between animal feed additives firm Adisseo and protein innovator Calysta. The plant will

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January 12, 2021

Work has commenced on a new plant in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing City being built by Calysseo, a joint venture between animal feed additives firm Adisseo and protein innovator Calysta, to produce the FeedKind brand of “sustainable alternative protein.”

Bluestar Adisseo Company and Calysta first announced the joint venture on 20 February, with the explicit goal of providing an exclusive supply of the product to Asian

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January 11, 2021

A Chinese state-owned company has signed a deal to redevelop and manage a fisheries port in Brunei.

China's Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group has signed a deal to expand and run the Muara Fish Landing Complex alongside its partner Brunei's Darussalam Assets, a government-backed investment agency. The two jointly own the Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd, a joint venture set up in 2017.

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January 7, 2021

Leading Chinese e-commerce platform JD.com has teamed with a major retailer to drive more sales of seafood and fresh foods in central China ... 

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January 6, 2021

A producer of rainbow trout has become the latest Chinese firm to achieve for Best Aquaculture Practices certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance …

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January 6, 2021

China has continued to tighten access for imported seafood, particularly from Russia ...

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January 6, 2021

A major European seafood brand has joined a fishery improvement project (FIP) for squid in Chinese waters.

Saint-Geours-de-Maremne, France-based Labeyrie Fine Foods, a producer and distributor of value-added seafood and other food products to European retailers under the Labeyrie, Delpierre, Blini, Comptoir Sushi, and Ovive brands, has joined the East China Sea and Yellow Sea Squid Fishery Improvement Project, launched in 2018.

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January 4, 2021

One of China’s largest distant-water fishing companies, Pingtan Marine, has launched what it’s claiming is the country’s largest reefer vessel.

The rebuilt refrigerated transport vessel, Fu Yuan Yu Yun 992, is 132.06 meters in length and has a gross tonnage of 8,374. It’s the largest fishery support vessel in China “so far as approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of

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