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On 31 January 2011, Part 6 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 came into force. Part 6 seeks to balance seal conservation with sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and its introduction means: It is an offence to kill or injure a seal except under licence or for welfare reasons, outlawing unregulated seal shooting that was permitted under previous legislation A number of seal conservation areas around Scotland will begin to be introduced, designed to protect vulnerable, declining common seal populations A new seal licensing system, providing a well regulated and monitored context for seal management in Scotland has been introduced. Seal Management Areas are: East Coast, Moray Firth, Orkney and North Coast, Shetland, South West Scotland, West Scotland, Western Isles.
The heat demand is an amalgamation of a number of different spatial datasets that have associated heat demand values. The map has been developed on the principle of applying data with increasing levels of certainty and overlaying and replacing individual property heat demand values. The heat demand layer is made up of a number of rasters which depict this demand in different ways. The heat demand rasters present a visualisation of the heat demand density by showing total demand within grid squares. These are shown at various grid sizes (50x50, 250x250, 500x500 and 1000x1000). The Scotland Heat Map is supported by a number of documents including users guidance which is available at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/heatmap 2.1 Methodology report 2.2 Manual 2.3 Metadata 2.4 Local knowledge validation & improvement process 2.5 Data management 2.6 Limitations and protections for data use and analysis 2.7 Scotland heat map – interactive and local web