Marine Scotland has been accused of over-seeing "an environmental disaster" by mismanagement of inshore fishing areas where prawns and langoustines are caught.
Scotland has failed to meet a ten-year-old target to prevent damage to precious marine wildlife, according to a leaked Scottish Government report.
The rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, is under formal investigation for alleged bullying following a complaint from the recently retired director of Marine Scotland, Graham Black.
Noise alarms used by the salmon farming industry to scare away seals could damage the hearing of whales, dolphins and porpoises, according to the Scottish Government’s wildlife agency.
The number of seals shot by the fish farming industry has doubled ahead of a proposed government ban, prompting fears of a “killing spree”.
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.
Rogue scallop dredgers are allegedly sabotaging the gear of crab and lobster fishermen operating off Scotland's east coast.
A Scottish Government programme envisaging trials for seaweed dredging around the coast of Scotland has re-awakened fears for the future of “precious” underwater kelp forests.
Squid trawlers have been accused of "sticking two fingers up to the Scottish Government" by entering protected waters off the Berwickshire coast.