Marine conservation areas have failed to protect wildlife from the fishing industry, according to a study by Scottish Government scientists.
Mounting evidence on plastic wastes contaminating beaches, polluting the oceans and harming wildlife is putting pressure on industry.
An intelligence network aimed at helping hundreds of fishermen avoid getting caught fishing illegally has been condemned as “blatant piracy”.
The UK coastguard agency has been accused of a pollution “cover-up” over the oil rig that ran aground in northwest Scotland last month.
The oil multinational whose rig ran aground on the island of Lewis was implicated in one of the world’s worst environmental disasters and has suffered leaks in the North Sea.
Scottish ministers have not given legal protection to ten endangered species, including four insects, two plants, two seahorses and water voles.