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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
2018

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Marine Scotland received 45 applications for seal licences and all have been granted. 

Table 1 below provides a full breakdown. (This information is correct as of 31 January 2018.)

Table 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Type Received

 

Licence Type Granted

 

Seal Management Area

Protection of Health & Welfare

Prevention of Serious Damage

Total

Protection of Health & Welfare

Prevention of Serious Damage

Total

East Coast

0

4

4

0

4

4

Moray Firth

0

1

1

0

1

1

Orkney & North Coast

2

5

7

2

5

7

Shetland

3

0

3

3

0

3

South West Scotland

2

2

4

2

2

4

Western Isles

7

3

10

7

3

10

West Scotland

13

3

16

13

3

16

Total

27

18

45

27

18

45

The 27 licences issued for protection of health and welfare and one issued for prevention of serious damage, cover a total of 210 individual fish farms.  The other 17 licences issued for prevention of serious damage cover rivers and estate fisheries.

The maximum number of seals involved is 228 Grey and 102 Common. Tables 2 and 3 below provide details. This maximum represents 0.2% of the minimum Grey seal population of 99,739 and 0.41% of the minimum Common seal population of 25,149 (Ref: SCOS-BP 17/05).

Table 2 – Grey Seal

 

 

 

Grey Seals Shot

Seal Management Area

Total applied for

PBR*

Total  granted

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

East Coast

21

882

12

0

0

 1

 0

Moray Firth

40

289

18

3

0

 6

 9

Orkney & North Coast

131

2249

47

0

3

 4

 3

Shetland

48

360

37

5

0

4

 4

South West Scotland

32

86

12

0

0

0

 0

Western Isles

153

941

43

4

1

 3

 1

West Scotland

187

1172

59

3

2

 2

 4

Total

612

5979

228

15

6

 20

 21

The maximum number of Grey seals allowed on licences granted in 2018 represents a further 7% reduction on numbers involved in the previous year’s licences. 

Table 3 – Common Seal

 

 

 

Common Seals Shot

Seal Management Area

Total applied for

PBR*

Total  granted

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

East Coast

10

2

0

0

0

 0

 0

Moray Firth

6

5

0

0

0

 0

 0

Orkney & North Coast

13

8

0

0

0

 0

 0

Shetland

6

20

3

0

0

 0

 0

South West Scotland

40

50

13

2

0

 0

 0

Western Isles

76

82

17

0

0

 0

 2

West Scotland

209

637

72

2

2

 9

Total

360

804

102

4

2

9

The maximum number of Common seals allowed on licences granted in 2018 represents a reduction of 9.7% compared to the previous year’s licences.

*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 2018, 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.