NatureScot granted a research licence to a private company to test new technology that will disturb dolphins, porpoises and whales at several sites in Scotland.
The seal was shot in the face last October at Wyre Marine Farm, Scapa Flow, which is run by Scottish Sea Farms, a company which farms salmon.
The Scottish Government has launched an investigation after a bullet shell was found during an inspection of a fish farm off North Uist.
A proposal to investigate eating beavers to limit their numbers was dropped from Scotland’s new wild beaver strategy following inquiries from The Ferret.
Police Scotland is investigating an incident in March when a seal was allegedly shot at a fish farm in Loch Spelve, on the southeast coast of Mull
A £10,000 reward has been offered for information on the illegal shooting of seals after it emerged Police Scotland and the National Wildlife Crime Unit were passed intelligence reports over killings near Scottish salmon farms.
The Scottish Government has reprimanded salmon farming companies for breaking the rules on shooting seals - but has not taken any further action.
A £5,000 reward has been offered by an animal welfare charity concerned that fish farms may continue to shoot seals despite a new ban.
Scottish Government inspectors have launched an investigation into video evidence of alleged animal cruelty at a salmon farm on the north west coast.