Illegal fishing is a key driver of global overfishing, it threatens ecosystems, puts food security and regional stability at risk

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The Lacey Act and the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act, among other laws, provide rewards for whistleblowers who come forward about wildlife crime, including illegal fishing operations, otherwise known as Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF).

The U.S. is one of the largest importers of seafood in the world, regularly purchasing over $18 billion a year. The high demand for certain types of fish has put a severe strain on ecosystems and economies, with many committing IUUF practices to meet the demand. The actions of these perpetrators can put people’s lives and livelihoods at risk, as damage is done to fish populations that sometimes are never able to recover from. Whistleblower reports are key to ending illegal fishing practices and allowing ecosystems and fish populations to recover from the strain of overfishing.

Confidentially Report Illegal Fishing

If you have information related to illegal fishing, submit a report using our secure, confidential intake form, and our attorneys will review your case for free. Our Whistleblower Legal Assistance Program helps connect whistleblowers with legal representation. You can get the help you need submitting the information you have to appropriate law enforcement officials and learn about your eligibility for monetary rewards under the law.

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