Wildlife Crimes & Environment

Whistleblower Rewards for Reporting Wildlife Crimes and Ocean Pollution

Whistleblower attorneys experienced in assisting wildlife and environmental crime whistleblowers to file for monetary rewards.

Monetary rewards are available under the Lacey Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other wildlife laws for people who report wildlife crimes that lead to successful prosecutions. These whistleblower reward provisions, which were passed into law over thirty years ago, can have a massive impact on the detection and deterrence of wildlife crimes. However, the agencies responsible for implementing regulations under these laws have failed to do so.

When effectively implemented, these provisions will provide a new area of protections for whistleblowers that never existed and will encourage reports of wildlife trafficking, illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, illegal deforestation, and ocean pollution anywhere in the world.

Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto’s whistleblower lawyers have experience using non-wildlife laws to combat wildlife trafficking. Laws such as the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) that have whistleblower provisions are used to address the type of criminal activity often found in wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing, and illegal logging. Wildlife trafficking networks often violate these laws when engaging in illegal trade.

The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) or the MARPOL Protocol also provides incentives for whistleblowers to report ocean pollution. Whistleblowers may be compensated with up to fifty percent of the penalties that the federal government recovers from polluters.


Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP can assist whistleblowers globally to learn how the wildlife and environmental whistleblower laws work and to assist them to potentially qualify for financial rewards when their information contributes to a successful prosecution.

Laws containing whistleblower law provisions include:

Read Stephen Kohn’s Environmental Law Review Article, “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence.”

Obtain Legal Assistance

Individuals who have information concerning violations of wildlife protection and ocean pollution laws in any country are strongly advised to seek legal representation to ensure their information is handled carefully.

All communications are deemed attorney-client privileged to the fullest extent of U.S. law (NOTE: All requests must be sent in English). 

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