Scientific Collectors Permit (SCP)

The SCP must be in the vehicle you use for research when you are handling, sampling, or collecting live fish from the wild.

According to NR 19.11(4)(a) “All agents of the permittee assisting in the permitted collections will be listed on the permit. Separate copies of permits shall be signed and carried by each person named in the permit when that person is acting under it in the absence of the permittee.” Therefore, anyone acting on behalf of the permittee must be listed on the permit.

If you need to add someone to a permit, email the name and date of birth of the individual to Monet Hutchins.

Contact Kelly O’Ferrell to have a pdf of the SCP emailed. Review the permit for your project well in advance – including the conditions noted with the permit – to ensure your work is covered. Be sure to review the disinfection protocol, too, and to notify the local fish biologist and conservation warden before beginning fish collection activities.

For current boat, gear, equipment decontamination, and equipment disinfection procedures, see the DNR webpage. And, please consult with Aaron Nolan (Hasler Lab) or Jonathan Lytle (TLS) for appropriate training.

For local fish biologist and conservation warden contact information, use the DNR’s searchable directory.

If your research is not covered by an existing permit, we need to apply for a new one. Contact Monet Hutchins to begin this process. It takes several weeks to obtain a permit so it’s important to plan ahead. If you have someone added as an agent to the permit, email the name and date of birth of the individual to Monet Hutchins.

All SCPs expire December 31 each year. If the research will be continuing, we need to request a new permit when we submit the annual collection report (due January 10 each year). The collection report template is below. You must keep records of all collections. At the end of the year, Monet Hutchins will collect the reports and submit to DNR with a request to renew, if applicable.

For comments or suggestions regarding this page, contact Monet Hutchins.  updated 05/12/2023