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
June 23, 2017

Fan Xubing, founder and president of Beijing-based Sea Bridge Marketing, has been tracking the seafood industry in China for decades. 

Global Seafood, Sea Bridge’s e-newsletter covering the seafood industry, recently compiled lists of the top seafood suppliers and buyers in China, as well as a list of the most popular seafood species in China for 2017.

While it’s worth remembering that many of the names are also Sea Bridge client… Read More

Published on
June 23, 2017

Seafood marketing guru Fan Xubing sees a bright future seafood imports into China, and is pursuing multiple avenues of arriving at that future as soon as possible.

Fan is the founder and president of Sea Bridge Marketing, which promotes imported seafood in China for an A-list of clients that includes the Norwegian Seafood Council and the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers. 

Other clients include Atlantic Canada Lobster, the Lobster Coun… Read More

Published on
June 23, 2017

A Shanghai port and seafood trading center is celebrating the arrival of a 50-ton shipment of king crab from the Kholmsk region of Russia. 

In December, Shanghai Changxing Hong Sha port received governmental approval to intake seafood, one of several to get the right to conduct customs processes for fresh seafood. The government was partially reacting to growing local demand for seafood. The increase in the number of ports with import permit… Read More

Published on
June 22, 2017

A firm with ties to China’s military has teamed up with an aquaculture systems and consultancy firm to roll out a swathe of new fish farms in the far west of China. The new project is part of a build-out production of seafood for the region and for neighboring central Asian states, including Kazakhstan. 

Shandong Qingdao Zhong Ke Hai Science and Technology Ltd. is advising on a 5,000-square-meter aquaculture sheds project being built b… Read More

Published on
June 22, 2017

Australian firm Beston Global Food has teamed up with online retailer JD.com and Hainan Airlines to fly bluefin tuna into China. 

“We want to bring the best of Australian luxury food resources to Chinese consumers,” said Wang Xiao Song, head of fresh foods at Jingdong, which operates the JD.com e-commerce site in China. 

Wang spoke after signing a “strategic cooperation” agreement in Beijing with executives from … Read More

Published on
June 21, 2017

Rising temperatures mean Chinese aquaculture farmers are spending more on more specialized, disease-resistant feeds, according to the boss of the Guangdong arm of leading agriculture conglomerate New Hope. 

The firm has launched two new feed products that aim to reduce liver disease in fish as well as a protein-rich gut feed, according to Yang Wen Xue, speaking at a public sales event where the company took orders from trade buyers. 

&l… Read More

Published on
June 21, 2017

China is showing an interest in Norwegian aquaculture technology, with firms seeking to partner with Norwegian firms as manufacturers. 

This follows the successful completion by Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry of an offshore aquaculture mooring system (with 250,000 cubic meters of cage space) for Norwegian firm Ocean Farming, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group. 

The project was subcontracted to the Qingdao firm by the China Institute of Ma… Read More

Published on
June 20, 2017

One of China’s top two online retailers has named a Guolian frozen shrimp products among the best performers in a recent online shopping festival. 

Sales of Guolian ‘Fei Cui’ packaged frozen shrimps saw sales jump by more than 3,570 percent on sales in the same “6-18” annual two-week shopping festival on JD.com. The festival is an effort to rival the Alibaba inspired “11-11” or “Singles Day,&rd… Read More

Published on
June 19, 2017

In the latest of a series of similar incidents at Chinese airports this year, a passenger flying from Singapore was detained at Xiamen Airport by security staff and quarantine officials after attempting to transport illegal seafood into the country.

The passenger had the seafood – 17 kilograms of shrimp and salmon “wrapped and concealed” – seized from his luggage. The man claimed he was bringing the seafood to his friend, … Read More

Published on
June 19, 2017

A well-known seafood processor in southeast China has teamed up with an investment company to reach out directly to the country’s middle class with the opening of a large new “concept store” selling seafood.

The Xinhai Group, a seafood firm in the coastal city of Yantai, has opened a large mall outlet that combines seafood sales with restaurants and a leisure area in the commercial-focused Laishan district of the city. Xinhai, w… Read More