[MARMAM] Authorizations and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) online permit system launch

Kate Swails Kate.Swails at noaa.gov
Wed Oct 8 06:57:11 PDT 2008


The NOAA Fisheries Service's Office of Protected Resources, Northwest 
Regional Office, and Southwest Regional Office are pleased to announce 
the launch of the Authorizations and Permits for Protected Species 
(APPS) online permit system.  The goal of APPS is to provide a 
consolidated location where researchers can apply online for several 
different types of permits under the authority of the Endangered Species 
Act (ESA) of 1973 and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972. 

(https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov <https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/>)

APPS covers permits/authorizations for a variety of different species 
including, but not limited to, sea turtles, Pacific salmonids, shortnose 
sturgeon, whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions.

 

The types of permits and authorizations that are currently available 
online through APPS are:

.         MMPA/ESA scientific research/enhancement

.         MMPA/ESA parts

.         ESA 10(a)(1)(A) scientific research/enhancement

.         4(d) authorizations for Pacific marine and anadromous fish

APPS includes a Pre-Application Guide (PAG) to tell researchers what 
type of permit they need, if any.  The PAG informs the user how to 
obtain the appropriate application online or by contacting a permit analyst.

 

Besides providing the convenience of applying for a permit online, APPS 
offers researchers a variety of advantages both during the application 
process and after their permit has been issued.  APPS provides 
researchers the security of a password-protected profile.  Researchers 
have a customized Portfolio page that displays all current and previous 
permits that they are/were affiliated with.  Applications can be edited 
until the researcher is ready to submit.  Researchers have the ability 
to track their application through the review and clearance process.  By 
viewing the Status page, researchers can find out whether their 
application has been published in the Federal Register, who has been 
assigned as their permit analyst, and what types of analyses (e.g., 
National Environmental Policy Act) are required. 

After a permit has been issued, researchers can continue to access APPS 
to instantly view their take tables, personnel list, and other key 
dates.  Permit holders can request modifications to their permits via 
APPS.  Annual, incident, and final reports may also be submitted 
online.  Permit holders will automatically receive emails reminding them 
of when their reports are due and recommending when they should begin 
preparing a new application.

If researchers are currently a NMFS permit holder they will need a 
temporary password to log in and view their portfolio for the first 
time.  Contact the Office of Protected Resources, Permits Conservation, 
and Education Division for more information (301) 713-2289. 

 

Please note:  You may still submit paper applications if you prefer.

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