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 and is intended to prevent serious damage to fisheries and protect the health and welfare of farmed fish in Scotland.

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 in fish farms and fisheries 
  • 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.