Cultural & Scientific Collectors Permit (Fisheries)

New online application

To apply for a Fisheries' Cultural or Scientific Collector's Permit, you must fill out and submit the online application below. Paper applications are no longer accepted. In the online application below, applicants will have to provide contact information, a "study plan" detailing what it is they would like to do, why it is being done, where the proposed activity will occur, a description of the species to be worked with, and whether animals will be removed from the wild or held in captivity. 

If you wish to provide supplemental information with your permit application in addition to the categorical information that is required to be filled out, those supporting documents can be attached within the online application environment.

Once the application has been filled out completely, choose "Submit" to submit the form electronically to the DNR.

Any applications with missing information or lacking clarity will be flagged during processing and program administrators will contact the applicant directly.

Scientific Collector Permit Application »

NOTE: Applicants should avoid using the web browser Internet Explorer. If you need any assistance with this online form, please email Tom Goniea or contact by phone at 517-599-5734.

Processing time

Processing time for applications received at the DNR Fisheries Division office in Lansing is approximately one month. Please allow a minimum of five to six weeks prior to the desired start of anticipated field activities for processing.

Approved permits will be emailed to the primary permittee in the form of a PDF at the email address provided in their application which can then be printed off and carried in the field as necessary.

If it becomes necessary to request an amendment to a permit that has already been issued, permittees are to contact and work with the program administrator directly on the requested updates.

Mandatory annual report

Permits are issued by calendar year and expire on Dec. 31. All permit holders are required to provide an annual yearend report online of the activities conducted and specimens collected or possessed under their scientific collector's permit. This report is required even if no collection or field activities occurred during the permit year.

2020 Report

To submit your 2020 report, please fill out the Scientific Collector Permit Report Form and submit it directly to Tom Goniea at or mail it to the address on the form.

2021 Report

Your 2021 report must be submitted using the online Scientific Collector Permit Report. (This is for reporting activity under a 2021 permit only.)

NOTE: Applicants should avoid using the web browser Internet Explorer. If you need any assistance with this online form, please email Tom Goniea or contact by phone at 517-599-5734.

Only reports submitted through the online portal above will be accepted. Paper or electronic reports mailed or emailed to the DNR will not be accepted or satisfy the annual reporting requirement for the Scientific Collector’s Permit Program. Failure to report jeopardizes future permit eligibility.

Disposal Instructions, Field Mortalities & End of Possession

Michigan's Major Watersheds

Map of Michigan's Major Watersheds

Additional information

Information for applicants interested in Fish

Information for applicants interested in Reptiles and Amphibians

Information for applicants interested in Mollusks

Information for applicants interested in collecting or working on state land

Information for applicants interested in working with threatened or endangered species

Recognized Michigan Species and their Health Status
(special concerned, threatened, endangered)

Note: When applicable, the list includes established exotic species.

Salmon in the Classroom

Schools participating in the program will have permits which expire May 31 of each year and should visit the Salmon in the Classroom web page for additional information.

Salmon in the Classroom Web Page