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World Wildlife Fund Canada has pulled its animated “We Don’t Farm Like This” spot from the web following complaints from the commercial fishing sector.
 
The ad, which MarketingMag.ca covered last week, was created by John St., the WWF’s agency of record, to promote Marine Stewardship Council or MSC-certified seafood.
 
However, the MSC demanded the ad be pulled from all of WWF’s media channels, calling it “confusing” and “negative” towards the fishing industry as a whole.
 
The ad showed several kinds of commercial fishing gear and methods being used on land to catch wildlife and harvest orchards. It ended with a call-to-action to buy MSC-certified sea food.
 
Aside from its goal of promoting MSC-certified foods, WWF Canada was using the spot to drive consumer awareness of its shifting brand.
 
“We felt that this was provocative, that it was bold, and I think it will help our brand a lot,” Lindsay Page, head of public mobilization at WWF Canada, told Marketing last week. “WWF is still seen as a species organization, so campaigns like these help the public understand our brand a little bit better and support that evolution.”
 
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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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