The Scottish salmon farming industry has been accused of taking advantage of the coronavirus emergency to “sidestep” environmental regulation.
The £2 billion salmon farming industry marketed around the world as Scottish is virtually all owned by investors in Norway, Switzerland, Cyprus, Canada and other countries.
One of Scotland’s most senior fish farm watchdogs has quit to join the fish farming industry, prompting concerns about the effectiveness of environmental regulation.
Bid by Scottish Government to end arguments over fish farms harming wild salmon dismissed as public relations stunt by campaigners.
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.