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.
Marine conservation areas have failed to protect wildlife from the fishing industry, according to a study by Scottish Government scientists.
Squid trawlers have been accused of "sticking two fingers up to the Scottish Government" by entering protected waters off the Berwickshire coast.
Energy, fishing and other industries that profit from the sea would have to pay to help save marine wildlife under a scheme being put forward by environmentalists.
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.
An intelligence network aimed at helping hundreds of fishermen avoid getting caught fishing illegally has been condemned as “blatant piracy”.