Gao Fu Mao

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
April 26, 2017

Indonesia is hoping a free trade agreement can soon be finalized with the European Union that will give the country’s exports a better foothold in the European marketplace. 

Indonesian officials will meet European counterparts in September for the third round of talks on a potential free trade agreement, according to Olvy Andrianita, commercial attaché at the Indonesian embassy in Brussels. 

Andrianita said her office has b… Read More

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April 25, 2017

The local government in a city on China’s border with Russia has announced plans to build a seafood processing hub after it received a full license from the national inspection authorities to do full customs inspection for seafood. 

Suifenhe, which is located just across the river from the Russian city of Pogranichny, has been granted the permission by the Chinese government’s seafood quality agency, AQSIQ. 

In a statement f… Read More

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April 24, 2017

A series of meetings between Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma reveal the online retailer’s growing appetite for seafood – and especially salmon – from the Scandinavian country.

During the prime minister’s recent visits to Beijing and Shanghai, Solberg was treated to lavish hospitality events hosted with a guest list long in Chinese seafood executives. The premier’s two meetings with Aliba… Read More

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April 21, 2017

Malawi is reporting dramatic success in building a tilapia industry, with help from Chinese expertise and British aid. 

Adult fish production has jumped from an average of 1.2 tons hectare in 2014 to the current six tons per hectare, according to a Malawian official, Steven Donda. Donda, the deputy head of the National Fishery Authority of Malawi, made his remarks while addressing conference in the southern Chinese city of Haikou, Hainan Pro… Read More

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April 20, 2017

China’s economy is massive and growing, and more dynamic than it is given credit for, as changes are occurring rapidly both inside the seafood industry and more broadly in the country’s economy. While numerous roadblocks, pitfalls and shortcomings can inhibit China reaching its full potential as a seafood force, the country has turned a corner and become a veritable superpower in the industry.

Given that the number eight is regar… Read More

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April 19, 2017
Shi Shang Xiao Mi

A leading Chinese importer has signed up one of the country’s most prolific food personalities to promote Arctic shrimp and cod. 

The products of Qingdao Spring Foods have already been featured on a special television show hosted by Shi Shang Xiao Mi, a food writer and celebrity chef. The demonstration was filmed at a flagship outlet of Shunfeng Foods (owned by a leading courier firm with a subsidiary dealing in premium imported seafoo… Read More

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April 19, 2017
Carrefour China

Seafood in the Chinese stores of retail giants Carrefour and RT Mart both failed food safety spot-checks by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), the government agency charged with enforcing China’s food safety laws. 

Excessive traces of chemicals, including malachite green and sulphanilamide, were found in samples of tilapia, yellowhead catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) and other species in outlets of the supermarkets in Haik… Read More

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April 18, 2017

Higher value marine-bred fish species are boosting sales of aquafeed in China, according to the representative body for the feed industry in China’s key feed and aquaculture producing region. 

The Feed Association of Guangdong province has reported that sea-based production of golden pomfret and Chinese sea bass consumed 200,000 and 160,000 metric tons (MT) of feed last year. 

While the consumption figure for seabass is down from … Read More

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April 17, 2017

A fast-growing Chinese shrimp processor, Fujian Hai Hun Co., is hunting for suppliers of vannemei shrimp for its new line of processed products.

The company’s Xin Meng Xiang range will see the firm producing more breaded shrimp products as well as sushi-style ready to eat products for China’s domestic market.  Announcing its plan to participate the Shanghai seafood expo in August, the company said it hopes to buy more imported st… Read More

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April 14, 2017

Domestic consumption of tilapia in China appears to be growing, according to the country’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), which is tasked with supervising the quality of Chinese seafood production.

Out of 1.7 million metric tons (MT) of tilapia produced in China in 2016, only 394 million MT were exported, according to AQSIQ. Meanwhile, the country’s tilapia exports rose a mere 0.43 pe… Read More