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.
Energy, fishing and other industries that profit from the sea would have to pay to help save marine wildlife under a scheme being put forward by environmentalists.
Nearly 200 fish farms are allowed to use a carcinogenic chemical called formaldehyde which is used to embalm corpses.
Scottish Government inspectors have launched an investigation into video evidence of alleged animal cruelty at a salmon farm on the north west coast.
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.
Caged salmon farms are being investigated by the Scottish Government’s green watchdog for allegedly breaching regulations designed to protect the environment.
Pollution from fish farm pesticides is more widespread than thought and is harming marine wildlife, according to the Scottish Government’s green watchdog.
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.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is under angry attack from the fish farming industry over new controls on toxic pesticide.