THREE of the country's biggest supermarket chains are refusing to buy Scottish mackerel – a catch worth about £160 million a year to Scotland's economy.
Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer and The Co-op say they will not buy Scottish mackerel while its environmental certification is suspended because of a dispute with Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
The decision has prompted a fierce political row, with Scottish ministers under fire for failing to engage with retailers. The fishing industry said it would be "extremely disappointed" if the supermarkets abandoned Scottish mackerel.
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