Having extra eyes on the water can help law enforcement, aid in the rescue of distressed people or wildlife, and even support research on rare and unusual marine events. Report Wildlife Violations. It is always best when the individual witnessing an incident makes the phone call
Note: Boaters in distress should call the U.S. Coast Guard for help on VHF Channel 16.
Report violations of sanctuary regulations and other fish, wildlife, boating and environmental laws with any of the following methods:
- Call 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922).
- Dial *FWC or #FWC from a cell phone.
- Send a message to
- Submit an online report.
Report harassment of marine mammals (dolphins, whales, manatees, etc) to NOAA Office of Law Enforcement at 1-800-853-1964.
Report other Florida environmental crimes with any of the following methods:
- Call Florida DEP’s 24-hour State Warning Point hotline: 1-877-272-8335.
- Dial #DEP from a cell phone.
Report Incidents in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Oil, fuel or hazardous material spills: Call the 24-hour National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.
Missing, damaged, or found waterway markers:
- FKNMS markers (Sanctuary Preservation Area, Wildlife Management Area, Ecological Reserve, or Research Only Area buoys), call 305-852-7717.
- FWC waterway markers in state waters, call 1-866-405-BUOY (1-866-405-2869).
- All other waterway markers, report online to USCG Navigation Center.