Seal conservation areas
Section 118 - Seal conservation areas
179.Section 118 enables Scottish Ministers to designate seal conservation areas where they consider it necessary to ensure the proper conservation of seals, places a duty on them to consult the Natural Environment Research Council before doing so, and sets out requirements in relation to publishing such designations.
Section 119 - Effect of seal conservation area status: licensing decisions
180.Section 119 sets out the effect of a seal conservation area designation on licensing decisions - specifically that Scottish Ministers should not grant a licence to kill or take seals in such an area unless they are satisfied that there is no satisfactory alternative and that this will not be detrimental to the maintenance of the seal population at favourable conservation status.