Research Permits

[vc_row row_type=”full_width” el_class=”justify”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1740″ img_size=”large” el_class=”header_image_border”][vc_custom_heading text=”Research Permits” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”justify” bg_color=”#ffffff”][vc_column][vc_column_text]The City of Newport Beach, City of Laguna Beach, City of Dana Point, Crystal Cove State Park and  Orange County maintained beaches may require you to obtain various permits prior to conducting research or bringing your class to the intertidal habitat. The intent of the permit is to ensure visitor safety and reduce impacts to the intertidal habitat. Below is a reference to the types of research permitted as well as the contact information for local area managers.

NOTE: that area managers only exercise authority within their jurisdiction. If your research spans multiple cities, or jurisdictions, then you may need to notify multiple area managers.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Conducting Observational Only Research

Includes use of research methods such as transects, quadrats, timed counts, size measurements, and species identification.

If you are taking a class to and/or conducting research within Orange County MPAs, you must contact the associated state marine reserve, park or conservation area manager prior to your visit. A list of area managers can be found below.

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Conducting Research Involving Manipulation to the Environment

Includes collection or handling of macrophytes, animals, shells, rocks or water, OR manipulation of natural biota or substrate for collection.

Collecting of any material, live or dead, within MPAs is illegal unless you have a valid Scientific Collecting Permit (SCP) from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and permission from the appropriate MPA manager. A list of are managers can be found below.

Failure to follow these regulations may result in fines and/or revocation of collection or research privileges in that Marine Protected Area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

K-12 School Groups

There are a number of programs available to instructors of K-12 school groups looking to augment classroom learning with field studies. Learn how to bring your school group to Orange County’s Marine Protected Area Tide Pools

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Jeremy Frimond

Marine Protection Officer


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