Conducting research on marine vertebrates usually requires permits by one or more State or Federal agencies, depending on species, location, and type of work. This may include general permits for use of resources or permits for work on protected species or in protected, restricted, or controlled areas. In addition, research on vertebrates usually requires review by an institutional ethics review body.
In the case of our research on Pacific sleeper sharks, we require and operate under an annual Aquatic Resources Permit issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Specifically, we have been or are operating under these ADFG permits: CF-18-041; CF-19-085; CF-20-081; CF-21-070 and currently CF-22-069.
Our sleeper shark research has been reviewed by these ethics review boards: the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (currently) and the Alaska SeaLife Center (previously). Specifically, this work has been approved under Animal Use Protocols (AUPs) R18-04-02 and R19-05-05 (ASLC), as well as 1700224-3 (UAF).