Research and Education Permits

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary may issue permits for research and educational activities that would otherwise not be allowed by sanctuary regulations. Requests for permits are considered when the proposed activities will further research or monitoring related to sanctuary resources and qualities, will further the educational value of the sanctuary, and meets application requirements.

Permit applications for research and education activities are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Permit applications must be submitted at least thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the requested effective date to allow time for evaluation and processing. Sensitive or complicated requests, requests for collection of sensitive species (e.g., coral species), or requests which may require the ONMS to undertake certain NEPA or consultation requirements (e.g., Area To Be Avoided requests, projects with potentially substantial or unknown impacts, proposals with unique or untested methods) should be submitted at least ninety (90) calendar days in advance, or sooner. Applications that may require ONMS to prepare an environmental impact statement prior to issuance will typically require at least twelve (12) months to process.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate sanctuary staff well in advance of submitting a formal application to discuss any questions or issues they feel may complicate or delay the application process. Applications not received within the time frames specified above are not guaranteed to be processed before the requested effective date.

Apply for a Research and Education Permit

Permit applications and instructions may be downloaded here.

Completed applications should be submitted to Joanne Delaney, FKNMS Resource Protection and Permit Coordinator, at