Aquatic Scientific Collection Permit Details

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.


  • N/A

    Approval time

  • $10.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the Permit

Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. Legitimate need for education, display or environmental assessment

  2. Project description

  3. Project site map

  4. Timing of collections


Apply for the Permit

Ready to apply?

Maintaining Your Permit

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your Permit (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Permit/stay in good standing)

  1. Annual report of activities due the following Jan 1

Agency/Contact

Permit Issuer - Information

Who issues the permit?

Department of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Legislative & Regulatory Review Permit Coordinator

Email: fishcollection.dnr@maryland.gov

Tel: (410) 260-8317 / Fax: (410) 260-8279

Work hours:



Purpose

Why the Permit is required?


Manage exceptional aquatic collections


Legal Authority

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