Explanatory Notes

Marine (Scotland) Act 2010

2010 asp 5

10 March 2010

The Act

Part 6 – Conservation of Seals

Seal licences

Section 116 - Consultation and consent

177.Section 116 places a duty on Scottish Ministers to consult the Natural Environment Research Council before granting or varying any seal licence and to obtain the consent of Scottish Natural Heritage in relation to seal licences granted for specified purposes in relation to the conservation of habitats and species, introduction of species to particular areas and protecting zoological or botanical collections. The consent of SNH is only required where the licence authorises killing or taking in a “protected area” (as defined in the section).