Ten lochs across Scotland have been polluted by a toxic pesticide used by fish farms to control fungus, parasites and disease.
Rules on the use of toxic pesticides by the fish farming industry have been relaxed because of the coronavirus emergency, prompting fears for marine wildlife.
Scotland's salmon farming industry is planning to start using a toxic pesticide that has been banned in terrestrial agriculture because of dangers to bees, campaigners are warning.
The multinational salmon farming industry has been pushing behind the scenes for environmental limits on a toxic pesticide to be 100 times weaker than government regulators recommend.
Pollution from fish farm pesticides is more widespread than thought and is harming marine wildlife, according to the Scottish Government’s green watchdog.
Scotland’s forests are treated and sprayed every year with hundreds of kilograms of a toxic pesticide blamed for killing bees and butterflies, The Ferret can reveal.
The rural minister, Fergus Ewing, should get his cabinet colleague, Michael Russell, to “draw in his horns” and stop trying to ban toxic pesticides, according to a leaked email.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency ditched a toxic pesticide report after fears it could attract freedom of information requests.
The Scottish Government put pressure on its environmental watchdog to drop a plan to ban a toxic pesticide so as not to upset the fish farming industry.