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Permits and Authorizations

 
 
pilot whale swimming in the water with a biopsy dart
Pilot Whale with biopsy dart
(Globicephala macrorhyncus)
Photo: NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center


Overview
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.

How Do I Apply for a Permit?
» Apply online using our APPS program (select permits only).
» Apply by mail using the appropriate application instructions.

Coral Permits
If you research/plan to research corals proposed for ESA-listing, please see our Scientific Research Permit Information for Corals.

Marine Mammal Permits
» Application Types
» Regulation Revisions

Endangered Species Permits
» Application Types

Environmental Impact Statements
» Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions
» Steller Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Research
» Right Whale Research

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