Scottish ministers have been accused of breaking their promise to uphold European environmental rules by “legalising” the dumping of dead fish at sea.
Scotland has failed to meet a ten-year-old target to prevent damage to precious marine wildlife, according to a leaked Scottish Government report.
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.
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
Suspicious scallop dredging activity has taken place in the Sound of Mull, according to the campaign group, Open Seas.
Underwater film footage revealing the damage allegedly caused by illegal scallop dredging is being published by The Ferret in the wake of claims that protected wildlife areas are being “pulverised”.