Bid by Scottish Government to end arguments over fish farms harming wild salmon dismissed as public relations stunt by campaigners.
The Scottish Government has been secretly trying to wriggle out of a proposed US ban on imports of salmon from fish farms that shoot seals, according to documents published by The Ferret.
A senior planning official has admitted circumventing freedom of information law, by receiving vital environmental data from fish farmers “face to face”.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has been repeatedly wined and dined by the fish farming, whisky and power industries.
The Scottish Government put pressure on its environmental watchdog to drop a plan to ban a toxic pesticide so as not to upset the fish farming industry.
The fish farming industry had to throw away up to ten million salmon last year because of diseases, lice and other problems.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is under angry attack from the fish farming industry over new controls on toxic pesticide.
The Scottish Government has been accused of intervening to block a ban on a toxic pesticide after pressure from the fish farming industry.
The Scottish Government allowed a US drug company to secretly rubbish a scientific study blaming one of its pesticides for killing wildlife.