Marine Protected Area
Why are highly protected marine areas so controversial in Scotland?
Ferret Fact Service explains the controversy over highly protected marine areas.
Sewage spilled into Scotland’s waterways more than 12,000 times
Sewage spilled directly into Scotland’s rivers, lochs and seas at least 12,000 times in one year.
Revealed: protected waters at centre of illegal scallop dredging allegations
The locations of protected waters around Scotland where illegal scallop dredging allegedly took place during lockdown have been obtained by The Ferret following a freedom of information request.
Six boats investigated for illegal scallop dredging since March
Six fishing boats entitled to nearly £22,000 of taxpayers’ money from Covid-19 relief funding have been investigated for illegal scallop dredging.
Scotland fails to protect marine wildlife from trawling, say government scientists
Marine conservation areas have failed to protect wildlife from the fishing industry, according to a study by Scottish Government scientists.
Fines to rogue fishermen fall and illegal fishing escapes prosecution
The number of fines issued to rogue fishermen has decreased over the past three years while skippers caught fishing in protected waters have not been reported to the procurator fiscal, we can reveal.
Illegal fishing claims after 112 boats seen in Scotland’s protected waters
Over 100 boats were reportedly seen in protected fishing areas over the past four years, and campaigners say rogue fishermen are supplying a black market for seafood.
Video reveals damage by illegal scallop dredging off Jura
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.
Scottish marine wildlife under threat from ‘smash and grab’ trawling
Marine wildlife in a vast area of ocean to the north of Scotland is at risk from trawlers because of a gaping loophole in international fishing regulations