Gao Fu Mao

Contributing Editor reporting from Beijing, China

Gao Fu Mao (Mark Godfrey) is an Irish journalist covering the agriculture and fisheries sectors in China for over a decade. 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.

Published on
May 22, 2017
Bolaxian

Investors are being promised “wealth and riches” if they back a chain of seafood distribution stores seeking to expand in China.

Bolaixian, which also uses an English name ‘iSeafood’ on its logo, is a subsidiary of Blue Ocean (Canada) Foods, which appears to be a Chinese-run operation registered in British Columbia, Canada. Bolaixian’s headquarters is based in Jinan, in the major seafood production and processing reg… Read More

Published on
May 19, 2017

Yin Sha Hai Xian Bai Hui (the name translates roughly as (‘Silver Shark Seafood’) is seeking franchisees to roll out stores in parts of China to add to the dozens of outlets it operates across a vast swathe of central and southern China. 

The company is run by Yi Ke Food & Beverage Management Co. (which also uses the English name Chengdu Eke Catering Management Co), a firm that operates several other chains, including two hot… Read More

Published on
May 17, 2017
Dave Little

Dave Little, a professor of aquatic resources and development at the University of Stirling (U.K.), has performed extensive research on aquaculture in Africa and Asia. In an interview with SeafoodSource, Little discussed how changes in market demand are shaping Chinese aquaculture and why Africa is struggling to meet its potential as an aquaculture producer.

SeafoodSource: Chinese officials frequently complain that Chinese aquaculture produc… Read More

Published on
May 17, 2017
Hai Xian Yu Shang Mian

A successful restaurant chain operator is seeking to roll out its new chain of quick-service seafood noodle restaurants across China.

The convenience-style “Hai Xian Yu Shang Mian” is the creation of high-profile couple Yang Yu Qi and her husband Li Feng, the duo behind other successful chains like ‘Shao Bing Xi Shi.’ Outlets of the branch in Beijing target a young customer set with value-focused meals at an average CNY 30… Read More

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May 16, 2017

The opening of a huge theme park-style seafood market on the Chinese island of Hainan is another example of a new style of seafood retailing in the country. 

The Wan Ren Hai Xian Guang Chang market, which is also using the English name ‘Million Seafood Square,’ has opened outside Haikou city in the island province of Hainan, a popular holiday destination. 

The market features 150 retail stalls as well as 40 snack bars, a fer… Read More

Published on
May 15, 2017
China-Africa aquaculture

More than 20 African officials have arrived in China for a two-month training program in freshwater aquaculture sponsored by the Chinese Commerce Ministry. Among the countries with representation in the program are Ghana, South Sudan, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sierra Leone.

Participants will spend 56 days in the program, mostly at the Academy of Fisheries freshwater center in Wuxi on China’s east coast. According to an opening speech by Ch… Read More

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May 12, 2017

Chinese seafood prices are at a seven-year high, according to data on the first quarter of the year collated by the country’s Agriculture Ministry.

Indexes of food prices compiled by the ministry – which also oversees aquaculture and fishing – show that the index for seafood rose by 2.85 points year on year, to 108.9 for the first quarter. 

This is the highest the index has been since 2010 according to the ministry – … Read More

Published on
May 11, 2017

Seafood is now allowed into the fast-track ‘green channel’ at Qingdao airport, greatly speeding up customs checking and procedures according to local importers and distributors.

“This will add to the local supply…There’s more demand for seafood and less local supply, but up to now, we were reluctant to get involved as it wasn’t clear how long the processing time would take and some perishable goods have been … Read More

Published on
May 11, 2017

Robin Wang is CEO of SMH International, a seafood-focused marketing agency with offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong with clients including the Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute. SMH organizes marketing campaigns on various Chinese e-commerce websites for its seafood clients. SMH also targets its campaigns at offline consumers in restaurants and supermarkets. He spoke to SeafoodSource about the rise of social media shopping on microblogging platfo… Read More

Published on
May 11, 2017

“The process of normalizing the market access of salmon is very positive, and we hope to see a normalized trade within a few months,” according to Sigmund Bjorgo, head of the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) in China. This follows an announcement last December by Beijing and Oslo to put aside a five-year political row that ultimately saw Norwegian salmon rot in Chinese ports due to interminable veterinary inspections. 

To keep the… Read More