Fisheries and Land Resources


Obtaining Permits under Newfoundland and Labrador's Endangered Species Act

Researchers wishing to study, monitor, or collect species at risk in Newfoundland and Labrador must first obtain a permit from the Department of Environment and Climate Change. Educators or researchers wishing to possess a specimen of a species at risk for scientific or educational purposes must also apply for a permit.

Information to be included in a letter when requesting a permit under the Endangered Species Act:

  • Title of proposed study
  • Name, affiliation and contact information for principal investigator
  • Duration of the proposed study (expected start and completion dates)
  • Location of work
  • Any other permits held/applied for
  • Objectives of proposed study (especially with regard to recovery plan)
  • Detailed description of the approach and methods including:
    • Predicted number of individuals affected
    • Capture/handling/immobilization techniques
    • Details of sample collection including justification
    • Marking techniques used
    • Protocol for mortalities or injuries
  • Names, positions, affiliations, and professional/technical qualifications of all individuals involved in the proposed study


For further information, please contact:
Species Assessment and Recovery Planning Biologist
Forestry and Wildlife Branch
Telephone: (709) 637-2026

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