Aquatic Scientific Collection Permit
General Info - 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.
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
Legitimate need for education, display or environmental assessment
Project site map
Timing of collections
Apply for the Permit
Ready to apply?
Download the application .PDF file
Maintaining Your Permit
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)
Annual report of activities due the following Jan 1
Why the Permit is required?
exceptional aquatic collections
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?
Natural Resources Article, §4-212, Annotated Code of Maryland