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Marine licensing: seal licensing records, 2011-present

Published: 4 Dec 2019

Records of seal licenses granted across Scotland since the coming in to force of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

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Marine licensing: seal licensing records, 2011-present
2017

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Marine Scotland received 48 applications for seal licences and 43 licences have been granted. (Three licences are pending approval.)

Table 1 below provides a full breakdown. (This information is correct as of 31 January 2017.)

TABLE 1
           
 
Application Type
 
 
Licence Type
 

 

 
Seal Management Area
Protection of Health and Welfare
Prevention of Serious Damage
Total
Protection of Health and Welfare
Prevention of Serious Damage
Total
 
           

East Coast

0

5

5

0

5

5

Moray Firth

0

1

1

0

1

1

Orkney & North Coast

2

5

7

2

5

7

Shetland

3

2

5

3

2

5

South-West Scotland

2

2

4

2

2

4

Western Isles

7

2

9

7

2

9

West Scotland

13

3

16

13

3

16

             

Grand Total

27

20

47

27

20

47

The 28 licences issued for protection of health and welfare and one issued for prevention of serious damage, cover a total of 175 individual fish farms.

The maximum number of seals involved is 245 Grey and 113 Common. Table 2 below provides details. This maximum represents less than 0.1% of the Grey Seal population of 120,000 and 0.1% of the minimum Common Seal population of 25,400. (This information is correct as at 31 March 2018.)

TABLE 2a

Grey Seals            

Seal Management Area

Grey Seals Applied For

PBR*

Grey Seals Granted

Grey Seals Shot: Quarter 1 Grey Seals Shot: Quarter 2 Grey Seals Shot: Quarter 3 Grey Seals Shot: Quarter 4

East Coast

33

352

14

0 0 2 0

Moray Firth

40

294

18

6 2 4 5

Orkney & North Coast

128

1245

56

0 0 1 0

Shetland

54

239

44

5 0 2 1

South-West Scotland

54

57

12

0 0 0 1

Western Isles

165 620 37 3 0 4 7

West Scotland

182

777

64

3 1 6 0
               

Grand Total

656

3584

245

17 3 19 14

The maximum number of Grey Seals allowed on licences granted in 2017 represents over 10% reduction on numbers involved in the previous year's licences, and an over 80% reduction since the system was introduced in 2011.

TABLE 2b

Common Seals            

Seal Management Area

Common Seals Applied For

PBR*

Common Seals Granted

Common Seals Shot: Quarter 1 Common Seals Shot: Quarter 2 Common Seals Shot: Quarter 3 Common Seals Shot: Quarter 4

East Coast

9

1

0

0 0 0 0

Moray Firth

6

4

0

0 0 0 0

Orkney & North Coast

13

11

0

0 0 0 0

Shetland

4

20

3

0 0 0 0

South-West Scotland

78

50

13

0 0 0 0

Western Isles

63 82 16 0 0 1 2

West Scotland

204

637

81

7 0 6 3
               

Grand Total

377

805

113

7 0 7 5

The maximum number of Common Seals allowed on licences granted in 2017 represents a reduction of 1.7% compared to the previous year's licences, and a 64% reduction since the system was introduced in 2011.

*Potential Biological Removal (PBR) is the number of individual seals that can be removed from the population without causing a decline in the population, and is calculated annually by Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) using the latest seal counts.

A full list of licences issued in 2017, by region and company, with the number of seals shot so far, by site, is available to download.

For more information, a series of frequently asked questions and answers on the implementation of the new seal legislation was produced 2011.