Permit guidelines for Researchers
Permits are required for various research and education activities.
Contact your program coordinator for your permit requirements.
See below for permit application forms and links.
If you are collecting marine animals, or using marine animals obtained by BMSC staff for your research at BMSC, you must apply for a DFO Scientific License (collection permit).
Your research at BMSC may also require a DFO “introductions and transfers license”. Please familiarize yourself with the “licensing requirements specific to BC” and whether or not they apply to your research.
Your DFO Scientific License must be approved and submitted to the Research Coordinator prior to your arrival at BMSC.
**Plan ahead. The waiting time for approval of DFO permits can be as long as 60 days, it is necessary to apply well in advance of your arrival at BMSC.
All anthropological, ethnographic, ethno-biological or archaeological study or field-work in the Huu-ay-aht First Nations traditional territory, as well as all studies involving collections from the Huu-ay-aht First Nations traditional territory, must be carried out under an Investigation Permit by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations.
Return the completed HFN application form and submit as directed. Please allow at least 30 days for processing.
Camping overnight on HFN lands, whether for recreational or research purposes, requires a permit. Complete and submit to HFN as directed on the form.
B.C. Ministry of Environment Scientific Fish Collection Permit is required to collect fish in lakes and streams in B.C.
Your Scientific Fish Collection Permit must be approved and submitted to the Research Coordinator prior to your arrival at BMSC.
Federal land (Parks Canada):
Federally issued permits are required to collect certain animals, marine plants and for the salvage of marine birds.