Nicola Sturgeon has defended her rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, after he backed a hotel developer accused of illegally destroying an ancient pinewood in the Cairngorms.
Leaked emails prompt accusations that the rural economy minister, Fergus Ewing, breached the ministerial code of conduct by intervening in a planning dispute in the Cairngorms.
The £2 billion salmon farming industry marketed around the world as Scottish is virtually all owned by investors in Norway, Switzerland, Cyprus, Canada and other countries.
Government officials raised concerns over the import to Scotland of salmon eggs from a Norwegian company called AquaGen after the outbreak of a deadly virus.
New data has revealed more than 300 serious welfare breaches during live transport of animals in recent years.
Supermarkets and drinks companies are attempting to block a recycling scheme planned by the Scottish Government, prompting campaigners to urge them to "shut up".
Underwater film footage revealing the damage allegedly caused by illegal scallop dredging is being published by The Ferret in the wake of claims that protected wildlife areas are being “pulverised”.
Cabinet secretary, Fergus Ewing, has admitted he can be “forthright” and that he said sorry to an official who complained about being bullied.
Cabinet secretary and veteran Scottish nationalist, Fergus Ewing MSP, has apologised to a government official who made a recent allegation of bullying against him, The Ferret understands.