A study relied upon by Scottish ministers to help protect devastated cod populations in the Clyde has gone missing, prompting accusations of a “fiasco”.
Scotland’s largest fishing organisation has refused to confirm if it has removed a fisherman from one of its committees after he was fined in court for illegal dredging
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 fishing boats entitled to nearly £22,000 of taxpayers’ money from Covid-19 relief funding have been investigated for illegal scallop dredging.
Marine conservation areas have failed to protect wildlife from the fishing industry, according to a study by Scottish Government scientists.
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.
Evidence that thousands of offences by Scottish fishing boats have gone unpunished has prompted accusations that the industry is being “let off the hook” by the Scottish Government.