General Info

Aquatic Scientific Collection Permit

Statewide 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.

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Valid until Dec 31st Revised 11/28/2017
Varies Approval time
$10 Application cost
30-300 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

Legitimate need for education, display or environmental assessment

Project description

Project site map

Timing of collections

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file

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

Permit issuer



Who issues the permit?

Department of Natural Resources

Contact information

Legislative & Regulatory Review Permit Coordinator
Tel: (410) 260-8317 / Fax: (410) 260-8279
Work hours: 8 am – 4:30 pm M-F

Address: 580 Tawes Ave. B-2, Annapolis, MD 21401


Why is this permit required?

Manage exceptional aquatic collections

Where can I find more information?

Resources and Links

Visit the following websites for additional information

How do I apply?

Apply or register

Download form Download the .PDF file


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