Wildlife Crimes & Environment

Whistleblower Rewards for Reporting Wildlife Crimes and Ocean Pollution

Monetary rewards are available under both the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act for people who report wildlife crimes.

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. 

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.

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

Click Here for documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the implementation of the wildlife whistleblower reward laws (as referenced in 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 nation 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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