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former county, Scotland: see under Shetland IslandsShetland Islands
, island group and council area (1993 est. pop. 22,830), 551 sq mi (1,427 sq km), extreme N Scotland, NE of the Orkney Islands. Formerly the county of Shetland or Zetland
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A fabric made of shetland wool with a raised finish and soft hand.


a group of about 100 islands (fewer than 20 inhabited), off the N coast of Scotland, which constitute an island authority of Scotland: a Norse dependency from the 8th century until 1472; noted for the breeding of Shetland ponies, knitwear manufacturing, and fishing; oil-related industries. Administrative centre: Lerwick. Pop.: 21 870 (2003 est.). Area: 1426 sq. km (550 sq. miles)
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Scottish Sea Farms was responsible for 54 seal deaths in 2011 and the first half of 2012, while Hjaltland shot 65 over the same period.
The Hjaltland, carrying 166 passengers, retraced its route to help with the search but it has since docked at Aberdeen.
Hopes have been raised that about a third of the ERDF grant can be moved over over to Hjaltland, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Hjaltland Seafarms has further expanded its Scottish operation with the purchase of Shetland salmon farming business Collarfirth Salmon.
Hjaltland, Shetland's largest salmon producer, plans to invest 6.
The NorthLink boat Hjaltland was due to dock at 7am yesterday and it may not be able to get into harbour until today.
T he Nor t h L i n k boat Hjaltland was due to dock at 7am yesterday and it may not be able to get into harbour until today.
A Scottish government spokesman said owners Hjaltland Seafarms will eradicate the fish at the site as soon as possible.
Apprentice Achievement: Continued Personal Development - John-Robert Eunson, BP UK, Lerwick' Lorraine Clark, Fife Council, Glenrothes' Graham Keith, Hjaltland Seafarms LTD, Lerwick.
Duncan pled guilty by letter to breaking the peace by soliciting on the Northlink ferry Hjaltland on April 28.