Marine, fisheries and seal licensing

Seal licensing

We aim to ensure the effectiveness of our seal management system, which has been operational since the issue of the first seal licences in January 2011.

It is an offence to kill any seal at any time, except under specific licence or for animal welfare reasons to end suffering.

Our goals include:

  • improving non-lethal seal management measures
  • ensuring that the number of seals shot under licence does not impact on the wider regional seal population.

For more information please see our collection of seal licensing documentation and guidance.

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