Seals and licensing

Marine Scotland deals with all licensing in relation to seals, while NatureScot oversees Seal Conservation Areas.

In 2011 it became an offence to kill, injure or take a seal at any time of year – except to alleviate suffering or where licensed to do so.

Marine Scotland issues the relevant licences under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010. The method of killing or taking seals is detailed in licences and regular reporting is required.

Find out more about seal licensing on the Scottish Government website.


Marine Scotland
Seal Licensing Team
Telephone: 0300 244 5046
Email: [email protected]

Licensing Team
Telephone: 01463 725 364
Email: [email protected]

Find out more



If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.

Licensing Team

01463 725364

[email protected]

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