Department of Commerce Adjusts Certain Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation

The Department of Commerce published notice that it is increasing the civil monetary penalties for violations of certain federal laws, including several that are enforced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The affected statutes include the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Lacey Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, and numerous other commercial-fishing related statutes. The new civil monetary penalties, adjusted for inflation, will become effective on January 15, 2022. The Department of Commerce is waiving the notice and comment period.