The rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, has been criticised for "an abdication of responsibility" and as "very un-ministerial" by a civil service trade union.
The rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, has been accused of breaching the ministerial code by failing to record 25 meetings with the fish farming industry.
Critics have called for the rules to be reformed so that MSPs are forced to disclose the true value of their holdings in private companies
Shellfish businesses across Scotland have been offered emergency financial help by ministers on the eve of a report by The Ferret revealing the crisis facing prawn and scallop fishermen.
Foxes have been chased by hounds and shot in public forests after interventions by the rural economy minister, Fergus Ewing, backing shooters.
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.
Rogue scallop dredgers are allegedly sabotaging the gear of crab and lobster fishermen operating off Scotland's east coast.
A hotel developer backed by the rural economy minister, Fergus Ewing, has been forced to restore an ancient pinewood illegally felled in the Cairngorms national park.
Video footage of damage to the seabed by illegal scallop dredging off Jura has been obtained by The Ferret, prompting calls for urgent enforcement action to be taken against rogue fisherman.