Aquatic Studies Permit
General Info - Statewide Permit
Aquatic Studies Permits are issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to allow elementary through high schools to possess or maintain aquatic organisms common to Maryland waters.
If the organisms will be released into the wild, release locations must be specified in advance. Collections are not allowed under these permits, and require an Aquatic Scientific Collection Permit. To obtain similar permissions for non-aquatic organisms (such as turtles, amphibians and mammals), please contact the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Obtaining the Permit
Ready to get your permit? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
If the organisms will be released into the wild, release locations must be specified in advance.
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 August 1.
Why the Permit is required?
Manage classroom aquatic projects
What laws and regulations give Department of Natural Resources the legal authority to issue this approval?
Natural Resources Article, §4-11A-02 and 4-602, Annotated Code of Maryland