Protected Resources Division
Permits and Authorizations
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 "taking" of a protected species. Take is defined by the ESA as "to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct". Take is defined by the MMPA as "to harass, hunt, capture, collect, or kill, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, collect, or kill any marine mammal."
Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP)
- Marine Mammal Authorization Program for incidental take of marine mammals by commercial fishermen
- MMAP Authorization Certificate and Letter to Permit Holders (Certificate must be physically accessible to the permit holder while fishing)
- Mortality/Injury Reporting Form
Permits or Authorizations for Marine Mammal Takes
- Do You Need to Apply? (for researchers, photographers, military and industry)
- Apply Online
- Review Pending Applications and Select Permits
- Federal Register Notices of issued or extended permits
- 75 FR 11130, March 10, 2010. Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment to analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposed rule to revise Federal regulations implementing Section 104 permit provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comment period through May 10, 2010.