Anti-aquaculture body aiding fish farm expansion?
A government watchdog has launched investigations into whether two of Scotland's leading wild-fish protection groups have broken charity law by collaborating with the multinational salmon farming industry.
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has responded to complaints from a Highland landowner about the activities of the Wester Ross Fisheries Trust (WRFT) and the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS).
Jenny Scobie, the owner of the Rhidorroch estate near Ullapool, alleges that WRFT's links with salmon-farming companies have created a conflict of interest that has compromised its duty to protect wild fish. According to environmentalists, the caged salmon industry has damaged wild populations by spreading lice and disease.