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
October 17, 2017

China continues to squeeze the number of vessels in its own waters in order to replenish heavily overexploited fisheries. 

A blizzard of propaganda in Rongcheng, a key fishing port in Shandong Province, and a conference organized by local government and the fisheries bureau there, have informed trawler owners that the city will convert or destroy 96 vessels this year. Local government has gone as far as appointing two permanent officials at … Read More

Published on
October 16, 2017

With one of China’s key festivals approaching there’s good news for crab exporters with a reported shortage in premium local supply. Data from the Suzhou Yangcheng Lake Fisheries Management Committee which projects a year-on- year rise of up to 20 percent for the average Yangcheng crab prices.

Volumes of Yangcheng Lake hairy crab – the season for fishing the lake opened last week – are down four percent due to shrinking aq… Read More

Published on
October 13, 2017

Thai seafood producers claim they’re working to meet stricter reporting requirements, which they say are helping to improve labor and food safety problems in the industry.

There has been a rise in reporting requirements due to the U.S. Congress’ Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, according to Panisuan Jamnamwej, chairman of the Committee on Fisheries and Related Industries at the Thai Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the… Read More

Published on
October 12, 2017

A leading Chinese fresh food retailer has chartered private jets to fly 10,000 crabs from Alaska in time for the October festival rush. 

The crabs were photographed being sorted and graded on arrival at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport in a publicity campaign marshalled by He Ma Xian Sheng, a fresh food chain with outlets across major Chinese cities, which also serve as fulfillment and dispatch centers for online sales. The crabs will meet de… Read More

Published on
October 11, 2017

U.S. marketing authorities reported nearly USD 2 million (EUR 1.7 million) worth of business from a recent trade mission to open Southeast Asian markets to American exporters. 

The September mission to Singapore and Bangkok was planned as part of a new USDA Market Access Program (MAP)-funded Global Based Initiative (GBI) to introduce new products and expand existing U.S. seafood exports to Southeast Asia, explained Colleen Coyne, seafood pro… Read More

Published on
October 10, 2017

Chinese tourists continue to be a driver of seafood consumption in Asian destinations like Bangkok and Singapore. 

Chinese tourists spent USD 90 billion (EUR 76.4 billion) during this year’s October festival, up 12.2 percent on the same festival last year, according to the China Tourism Administration. They made 710 million trips abroad, up 10 percent year-on-year. 

The top three destinations for Chinese tourists this holiday seas… Read More

Published on
October 9, 2017

A restaurant in Beijing’s entertainment district is offering  distinctly American flavors to Chinese consumers with its “Cajun crabs,” as well as clams and mussels on the menu for the upcoming mid-Autumn festival. 

Located in the Sanlitun district of Beijing, the Boiling Pot doesn’t list menu prices for many items – these are based on “seasonal supply” – however, it is selling Boston lobst… Read More

Published on
October 6, 2017

Rising pet ownership in Asia is driving demand for tuna, according to Thai Union, one of the world’s leading tuna canners. 

The firm’s canning plant near Bangkok, Thailand, is producing canned and packed cat food for multinational Nestle, which has been rolling out cat-food in markets like China. Other customers include CJ Foods, part of the giant CJ Korean conglomerate.

While cat food sales are thriving, canned tuna sales have b… Read More

Published on
October 5, 2017

One of China’s leading state-owned fishery firms is making a bold play for high-end consumers with its canned tuna range.

 The Liaoyu Group (formally known as Liaoning Province Dalian Ocean Fishery Group Co.) is targeting the October festival market with lavishly packed box sets of its regular and “international flavors” range of tinned tuna, which it sells under the Yuan Yang brand. Priced at CNY 224 (USD 33.68, EUR 28.63)… Read More

Published on
October 4, 2017

A Beijing seafood importer is selling “silver cod” from Chile under the brand Cabillaud - the French word for cod, adding to ongoing confusion in China over seafood species naming in the retail and foodservice sector.

Beijing Hai Ying Ge Food Products Co., which operates out of an address at the city’s giant Jing Shen seafood wholesale market in Fengtai district, is selling the “silver cod” at CNY 598 (USD 90, EUR 77… Read More