Research At Crystal Cove

Scientific Collecting Permits

  • A scientific research and collecting permit is required for most scientific activities conducted within Crystal Cove State Park that pertain to natural resources, including, but not limited to, field work, specimen collections, and the collection of data. If you intend to collect specimens, data, and/or produce a written document of your findings, such as a dissertation, thesis, academic paper, report, or professional publication, then a permit is needed. Additionally, Crystal Cove SP is a marine protected area and additional permits may be required from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. If you are interested in conducting research in the park, you can find information on how to submit an application and the process here: Complete permit application packages can be submitted to Riley Pratt at