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License to Collect or Possess: Marine Resources

This license allows for the collection possession of native marine species for education, exhibition, or scientific research.

License Details

Fee License Duration Age Requirement
No Fee 1-year from issuance 18 years of age or older

This License Allows:

  • Possession of captive raised or permanently disabled native marine fish and shellfish for education, exhibition, or scientific purposes
  • Collection and possession of native marine fish and shellfish for education, exhibition, or scientific purposes.

This License Does Not Allow:

  • The possession of any regulated species as pets
  • Sale or propagation of regulated species held pursuant to this license.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the License to Collect of Possess: Marine Resources Application (PDF). You may also contact the Marine Permit Office at or by calling (631) 444-0470 to request an application.
  2. Include all Required Documentation, as indicated above.
  3. Send completed application to the following address:
    NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources- Marine Permit Office
    205 N. Belle Mead Rd, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733.

Current License Holder Information

License Renewal

All licenses expire one year from the date of issuance. A license renewal form will be sent by mail prior to the expiration date noted on the license. If a license renewal form is not received at least 2-weeks prior to the expiration date, email us or contact the Marine Permit Office at (631) 444-0470.

License Amendment

To apply for a license amendment, complete the License Amendment Request Application (PDF).

Only include the information pertaining to the specific amendment(s) you are requesting. Please do not include previously submitted information already authorized under your license. A license amendment can include one or more of the following changes:

  • Name change
  • Contact information change (mailing address, phone number, email address)
  • Site location change
  • Adding or removing designated agents
  • Any other changes

Note: License amendment requests must be submitted prior to the change taking place.

Annual Reporting

All licensees must submit an annual report with their license renewal. The license will have a condition that lists the required information for the annual report.

Laws and Regulations

Environmental Conservation Law (ECL)

  • 11-0515 Licenses to Collect, Possess or Sell for Propagation, Scientific or Exhibition Purposes

To access full text visit New York State Legislature (link leaves DEC website). Select 'ENV' from the Consolidated Laws list to access ECL. Under Article 11 - Fish and Wildlife, select Title 5, and then select 11-0515.

New York Codes Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)

Contact Information

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Marine Permit Office.

NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources, Marine Permit Office 205 N. Belle Mead Rd., Suite 1, East Setauket, NY 11733

Phone: (631) 444-0470
Fax: (631) 444-0434

Other Related or Similar Licenses

  • License to Collect, Possess or Sell: For all collection, possession, or sale of fish, wildlife, shellfish, crustaceans, aquatic insects, birds, and/or captive bred/permanently disabled species for the purpose of education, exhibition, scientific research or propagation (breeding).
  • License to Collect or Possess - Shellfish Gardening: For waterfront property owner to grow shellfish at their dock, bulkhead or privately owned underwater lands for education and/or restoration purposes through an established shellfish growing program.