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.

  • $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

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


Permit Issuer - Information

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:


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?