Seal Licensing - Seal Conservation Areas for common/harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) and grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)
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In response to local declines in seal numbers, the Scottish Government introduced conservation orders under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 to provide additional protection on a precautionary basis for vulnerable local populations of seals.
The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 introduces provisions for existing orders to continue, and for new ones to be introduced administratively as Seal Conservation Areas.