California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Scientific Collecting

Scientific collection may be allowed within all marine protected area designations for the purpose of research, restoration and monitoring; however, actual collection is dependent upon receiving a Scientific Collecting Permit (SCP). As specified in California Fish and Game Code and Title 14, California Code of Regulations (Sections 1002 and 650, respectively), an SCP is required when take1 or possession of fish and wildlife occurs for research, educational, or propagation purposes.

Questions regarding conducting research or educational activities within an MPA should be sent to Brian Owens, Marine Region Environmental Scientist, at

1Take is defined in Section 86, FGC as "hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill." Additionally, Section 650, Title 14 also clarifies that takes also includes "capturing, marking, and releasing any animal."