OCMPAC - MPA Compliance
In Orange County, municipal, county, and state agencies work together to provide more consistent coverage across Orange County’s Marine Protected Areas. OCMPAC provides the platform for facilitating interagency collaboration. Through participation in OCMPAC, enforcement officers have been able to identify county-wide trends and hotspots requiring enhanced resources.
OCMPAC recognizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as the principal enforcement agency for marine protected areas in California. As such, members of the organization look to support the efforts of CDFW Wardens when possible. One method by which the organization supports the efforts of CDFW is by sharing information on how to report environmental crimes within the State of California.
The following information assists users with how to successfully report poachers or polluters using the State’s “Turn in Poachers” Hotline. This hotline operates 24/7 and all reports are confidential.
How to Report a Violation Using “Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters” (Cal-TIP)
A Confidential Secret Witness Program
CalTIP (Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters) is a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide Fish and Wildlife with factual information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters.
CalTIP was introduced in California in 1981 in order to give Californians an opportunity to help protect the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The toll free telephone number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You do not have to give your name.
To Report a Poacher or Polluter
If you witness a poaching or polluting incident or any fish and wildlife violation, or have information about such a violation, immediately dial the toll free CalTIP number 1 888 334-CALTIP (888 334-2258), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Or you may submit anonymous tips to CDFW using tip411. tip411 an internet based tool from CitizenObserver.com that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to wildlife officers and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation. Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to CDFW by texting “CALTIP”, followed by a space and the message, to 847411 (tip411).
Or download the free CALTIP smartphone App which operates similarly to tip411 by creating an anonymous two-way conversation with wildlife officers to report wildlife and pollution violations. The CALTIP App can be downloaded for free via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.
Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident including the name, address, age and description of the suspect, vehicle description, direction of travel, license number, type of violation and when and where it occurred. You do not have to give your name.
Information from the call is relayed to the CDFW region where the offense occurred and an investigation is undertaken locally. If the information supplied by the caller results in an arrest the caller becomes eligible for a reward. (Rewards up to $1,000 have been paid.) The case is then reviewed by a volunteer citizen’s group known as the “CalTIP Rewards Committee“.
CalTIP rewards come entirely from donations, no state funds are used. The CalTIP Rewards Committee, not CDFW, receives and administers these funds. Money not used for the payment of rewards goes toward furthering CalTIP’s educational goals.
Text to 847411:
“CALTIP [your message]”
NOTE: Violations submitted online will only be read during regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For in-progress violations please call our CalTIP line at 1-888-334-2258, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.