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Collecting specimens or manipulating the environment in any way requires one or more permits from state and/or federal agencies. As well, exporting any biological specimens from Australia requires a permit.

Marine Parks Permits - required for any collecting or manipulation of the marine environment around Lizard Island

Fisheries Permits - required for using certain items of collecting equipment in the marine environment, and for collecting particular kinds of marine organisms.

Ethics approval - required for scientific use of any vertebrate (except fish eggs and fish larvae) or cephalopod. The Animal Ethics Committee that issues the approval must be registered in Queensland.

Terrestrial Permits - required for any collecting or manipulation of the terrestrial environment around Lizard Island.

Export Permits - required for exporting any specimens or biological material from Australia

Commercial Activities Permits - required for certain commercial activities