Recovery - Permits
Recovery permits are issued to scientists in order to study and/or conduct specific research activities with federally listed threatened and endangered species. The information obtained from these permitted activities provides us with a better understanding on how best to conserve, manage, and recover federally protected species.
Recovery Permit Application Form
The Fish and Wildlife Service recovery permit application form 3-200-55 is available on the web or through our Carlsbad Recovery Permits Coordinator. We recommend you take a moment to read the instructions prior to filling out this form. Please be sure you are using a current copy of the Recovery Permit application form 3-200-55. The expiration date in the upper right hand corner should say 1/31/2017.
Please address and send the application to Daniel Marquez. Daniel is the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 8) Regional Recovery Permit Coordinator, and is to whom all Recovery Permit applications (renew, amend or new permits), processing fees, and supporting documentation are submitted.
While the application and National website indicate that the application should be mailed to the Sacramento (Regional) Office, Daniel presently has a permanent workstation here at the Carlsbad office. Therefore, we request that applications are mailed to Daniel's attention at the Carlsbad office:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, California 92008
Phone: (760) 431-9440 Ext. 225
Daniel or his assistant Robert Krijgsman will initially review the application request for completeness, and then send it out to the appropriate Fish and Wildlife Offices (FWOs) with jurisdictional responsibilities for the species and activities requested.
For permit renewals, please make sure a complete hard copy application with processing fees (a check) and supporting documentation is RECEIVED by Daniel (not signed or postmarked) MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR to expiration date of the permit so that--according to the regulations--you can continue your activities while your permit application is processed. Otherwise, you must cease activities at expiration. Also, please make sure you are current in all reporting to each field office where you are authorized to conduct activities. If applicable, please schedule exams with Stacey Love (contact information below).
Practical Exams and Surveying Information
Some species research requires an individual to pass a practical exam in order to obtain a new permit or renew an existing permit.
To help establish the presence or absence of certain federally listed species found within the CFWO area of responsibility, the following standardized survey protocols are recommended and may be found on our Survey and Monitoring Information web page.
Other species within the Service's Pacific Southwest Region having survey protocols and guidelines can be found here.
Region 8 minimum qualifications:
For additional information and assistance on recovery permits, contact:
Stacey Love, Carlsbad Recovery Permits Coordinator
Email: Stacey_Love@fws.gov Phone: 760-431-9440 Ext. 263
To learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s permit program, please go to the following websites: