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
March 23, 2018

A new project to improve the management of squid fisheries in southern China aims to be a template for the sector globally. 

Chinese and Taiwanese distant fishing firms have become major players in the global squid catch in over the past decade. The Shantou Taiwan Common Squid fishery improvement project (FIP) will see better harvest monitoring and training of fishermen and is being facilitated by the China Blue Sustainability Institute, a l… Read More

Published on
March 22, 2018

The Chinese government’s crackdown against organized crime is resulting in a significant disruption in the country’s formerly thriving grey trade in seafood. 

China’s state-owned media has been awash in recent months with reports of arrests and investigations of triad-style gangs, many of which have significant international networks. 

The most recent victory for China’s authorities in their battle against seafoo… Read More

Published on
March 21, 2018

Changes in ocean conditions caused by climate change are leading to investors to abandon the mariculture sector, warned Cui He, the secretary general of the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Association (CAPPMA), at a recent aquaculture conference.

In response, CAPPMA, China’s leading seafood industry representative body, will be ramping up research efforts into the impacts of climate change, through a project based on the Yel… Read More

Published on
March 21, 2018

Chinese fish feed companies are seeking opportunities overseas to escape “intense” competition at home, according to Chen Xiao Ru, a Tongwei executive who addressed the East China Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Feed Forum in Ningbo on 17 March.

The Thai market is too difficult for Chinese companies to enter, but there are many opportunities in other Southeast Asia countries where feed production capacity is struggling to keep pace with … Read More

Published on
March 20, 2018

A Chinese food company has introduced a range of canned cooked salmon aimed at the domestic mass market. 

Steamed and braised in styles popular in local cuisine, the “A Er Di” brand of salmon, owned by Liaoning Ren Da Foodstuffs Co., is being promoted by local television celebrities hired by the firm. The firm’s 100-gram cans are being sold at CNY 38.00 (USD 6.00, EUR 4.88) on Dayuchang, an online seafood retailer and distr… Read More

Published on
March 19, 2018

A tilapia company guaranteeing a CNY 100 million (USD 15.8 million, EUR 12.9 million) loan, could at first glance, appear to outsiders like a strange decision. But then, Baiyang Industrial Investment Group Co. isn’t really a tilapia firm anymore – it got nearly half its profits in 2017 from non-seafood businesses. 

Previously known as Baiyang Aquatic Group, the firm changed its name several years ago to make itself more attractiv… Read More

Published on
March 16, 2018

A Beijing-based investment company is reinventing China’ seafood restaurant scene to target millennials. 

The Me Me Shi Guang (translates literally as “Kissing sound trendy”) serves seafood dishes and fruit juices in casual, brightly decorated stores designed to appeal to younger customers. The chain is one of several launched nationwide by Wan Ke Chuang Ye Guoji Tuozi, which has stated its ambition to challenge the dominan… Read More

Published on
March 15, 2018

China’s internet celebrity chefs have become a favorite channel for encouraging seafood consumption, with the best-known paid to promote products. But a wave of such chefs aren’t just endorsing products; they are now selling their own seafood creations online. 

Several food-focused content-creators on the Weibo microblogging platform, a popular online video host similar to YouTube (which is blocked in China), have achieved massiv… Read More

Published on
March 14, 2018

China is continuing its rapid transition from a net exporter of seafood into a net importer.

China exported 4.23 million metric tons (MT) of seafood in 2017, while importing 4.89 million MT.

China’s exports rose 2.4 percent year-on-year by volume and 1.9 percent in value, reaching at USD 21.15 billion (EUR 17.05 billion), while its imports skyrocketed by 21.7 in volume and 21.03 percent in value, to USD 11.13 billion (EUR 911.93 million).

T… Read More

Published on
March 13, 2018

China’s international fishing sector is being represented at China’s annual week-long National People’s Congress by the boss of the Hong Dong Long Distance Fishing Company.

The company’s head, Lan Ping Yong, is an official delegate at the congress, which is sitting the week of 12 March in Beijing. 

In a hint to the political influence enjoyed by fishing companies, Lan Ping’s company celebrated his elevation with… Read More