Report A Violation

Please contact us if you see a possible violation of a federal marine resource law.

(800) 853-1964

NOAA Fisheries' Enforcement Hotline provides live operator coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone in the United States to report a federal marine resource violation. During regular business hours, you may also contact the closest NOAA Office of Law Enforcement field office to report a possible violation. 

Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
  • Feeding, injuring, or killing dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions, or any other marine mammal.
  • Feeding, injuring, or killing sea turtles or harvesting sea turtle eggs.  
  • Intentional mislabeling of seafood for profit.
  • Buying or selling fish without the proper permits. 

Examples of information to include in your report are: 

  • Location, time, and date of the activity. 
  • Description of the activity.
  • Name(s) of the vessel, owner/operator, captain, crew, or additional witnesses.