Our Services

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.


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Fishing & Seafood Permits

Search for permits you need to fish commercially, recreationally, or for hire. We also have permits for farming seafood in federally managed waters.

Seafood on Ice

Permits & Authorizations for Protected Resources

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.

Dolphins cavorting off the Miller Freeman on a beautiful afternoon in the Pacific Ocean

Habitat Consultations

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.

California Eel Grass

ESA Consultations

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.

Southern Resident Killer Whales

Tribal Consultations

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.

Atka, Alaska