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NOAA Fisheries provides vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, marine species conservation, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management.
Learn what permits you must have to work directly with marine life whether you conducting research, taking pictures, or putting marine life on display, or other activities such as conducting work that could have an indirect impact to marine life in the area.
We consult with federal agencies to conserve and enhance essential fish habitat necessary for fish populations to thrive. A consultation is required when a federal agency authorizes, funds, or undertakes an action that may adversely affect fish habitat.
We work with federal agencies to address potential threats to endangered and threatened species that might result from federal programs and actions, including adverse impacts to habitats critical to their survival.
We work with tribal governments on marine mammal issues such as monitoring subsistence harvesting, collecting and analyzing data on marine mammal populations, and participating in marine mammal research. We also collaborate with tribal governments on the development of fishery management plans and mitigating impacts to important fish habitat.