Special Activity Permits

Scientific Collection

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management issues scientific collector's permits under the authority of rule 68A-9.002, Florida Administrative Code. 

Who needs a permit?

Individuals and institutions who desire to take or possess freshwater fish or their eggs for scientific, educational, propagation, exhibition or other justifiable purposes require a scientific collector's permit.  Permits are issued based on the applicant's county and not on the collection locality.

How can I get an application?

Special Use Permits

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management issues special use permits for situations requiring exemptions from the Commission's rules not already covered by existing regulations.

Contact a Regional Freshwater Fisheries Administrator



FWC Facts:
The FWC is lead manager or landowner on about 1.1 million acres of Florida's Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system. More than 5.8 million acres of land are open for public hunting.

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