The Scottish Environment Protection Agency secretly ditched a plan to ban a toxic pesticide after pressure from the fish farming industry.
The Scottish Government’s green watchdog suppressed a critical report on pollution after private lobbying by the fish farming industry.
At least 45 lochs around Scotland’s coast have been contaminated by toxic pesticides from fish farms that can harm wildlife and human health.
Lucrative plans for the world’s biggest salmon farm around Orkney or Shetland would “abjectly” fail pollution limits and make “fools” of Scotland’s environmental watchdog.
Plans to scrap limits on the amount of salmon kept at fish farms would increase disease and worsen pollution, campaign groups are warning.