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Research Permits

Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary permits to conduct work at Año Nuevo.

  • All studies conducted at Año Nuevo require approval from the State Park via the UC Natural Reserve System (
  • Any study on vertebrates requires IACUC approval from your home institution. (UCSC's IACUC site)
  • Any study conducted at Año Nuevo Island requires a NMFS marine mammal permit or Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA).
  • Sample collection may require a California Fish and Wildlife permit. (click here for more info)
  • Studies on marine mammals require a NMFS permit (NMFS website).  Daniel Costa holds a NMFS marine mammal permit for northern elephant seals and california sea lions.  Studies on these species should be coordinated with him (
Principal Investigators
Patrick Robinson,
Jul 4, 2013, 5:29 PM