Aquatic Scientific Collection Permit
Collection Permits allow the sampling, removal or possession of aquatic organisms from Maryland waters that may not be permitted under commercial or recreational fishing licenses.
This permit covers scientific research or educational projects, collections of display animals, ecological monitoring or in-stream surveys, but may not be used to collect animals for sale or personal use. Please visit our Wildlife and Heritage Service scientific collection permit webpage for collection permits for non-aquatic organisms.
How to get your license?
Obtaining the License
Steps, requirements and documents
Legitimate need for education, display or environmental assessment
Project site map
Timing of collections
How do I apply?
Apply or register
How do I maintain or renew my permit?
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal on Dec 31st
You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your permit
Annual report of activities due the following Jan 1
Why is this permit required?
exceptional aquatic collections