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. On average, processing time for permits is 30 days, but may be longer for complicated requests or requests which include the collection of sensitive or prohibited organisms (e.g., coral species). It is advisable to submit a permit application well in advance of any planned research or educational activity.

Apply for a Research and Education Permit

Permit applications and instructions may be downloaded here.

Completed applications should be submitted to Joanne Delaney, Sanctuary Permit Coordinator, at