Police have apologised to an anti-fish-farming campaigner after he complained of being wrongly warned off filming salmon cages in lochs.
Pollution of Scotland’s lochs from a toxic fish farm pesticide has leapt 72 per cent in a year, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Most lobbying of Scottish ministers has been carried out by big businesses and farmers, according to an analysis of Holyrood’s lobbying register by The Ferret.
The amount of salmon killed by diseases and other problems at fish farms has reached record levels, with death rates quadrupling over the last 18 years.
Landowners will be prevented from mass shooting of mountain hares and salmon farmers face controls on sonic seal scarers - but beavers will still be killed.
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 criticised for "an abdication of responsibility" and as "very un-ministerial" by a civil service trade union.
The Scottish Government is going to ban the fish farming industry from shooting seals to save a £180 million export business to the US, The Ferret can reveal.