Permits and Authorizations
Pilot Whale with biopsy dart
Photo: NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Permits and authorizations are required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to conduct activities that may result in the "take" of a protected species.
Do I Need a Permit?
Please fill out our Pre-Application Guide questionnaire to determine the type(s) of permit you might need.
If you research/plan to research corals proposed for ESA-listing, please see our Scientific Research Permit Information for Corals.
Endangered Species Permits
» Application Types