FWS Adjusts ESA, Lacey Act, and Other Civil Penalties for Inflation

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the issuance of a final rule to adjust for inflation the statutory civil monetary penalties that may be assessed for violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Lacey Act, and other FWS-administered statutes and their implementing regulations. The new rule and adjusted civil penalties become effective January 30, 2023.