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Weekly Overview: WWF Video Removed After Damaging Fishing Gear Message Portrayed

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ANALYSIS - In this week's news, the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Canada has removed an animated video from its website that sent out a message against trawl fishing, alongside support for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

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The video showed a net being dragged through the countryside and stated 'We don't farm like this. Why do we fish like this?'

MSC asked for the video to be removed after it caused outrage, as around 80 per cent of MSC certified fisheries are from trawl fisheries.

The MSC released a statement after the video was taken down saying that the message delivered is confusing, creates a negative message about some fishing gears and fails to indicate the positive commitment to sustainability made by many fisheries.

"The MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing are internationally recognized as setting the highest standard for sustainability of wild capture fisheries. We welcome all types of fishery to apply for assessment against that standard," stated the MSC press release.

Countervailing duty orders on warmwater shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Malaysia, and Viet Nam have now been lifted after the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that the US shrimp industry is not hurt, nor threatened, by the shrimp imports from the countries.

The Department of Commerce originally set the duties after a petition by the US Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries (COGSI) on the 28 December 2012, alleging that the countries had subsidized industries, which created an unfair advantage in competition over the US's domestic shrimp industry.

The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) stated that the USITC’s findings confirm that Vietnamese shrimp exporters have been operating under market mechanism and have not received any government subsidies.

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