The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime NI (PAW NI) brings together statutory agencies, non-statutory agencies and interested parties with the common goal of combating wildlife crime through publicity, education and campaigning.  PAW NI partners include key government Departments, PSNI and other enforcement agencies, environmental organisations, animal welfare groups and country sports associations. 

During 2017/18 PAW NI has kindly received financial support from the DoJ's Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS).

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Northern Ireland is renowned for its spectacular countryside and is home

to thousands of plants and animals, many of which are under threat of wildlife crime.


It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect our wildlife. We need to get serious about all forms of wildlife crime and help to prevent it.


In general, wildlife crime involves any action which contravenes current legislation protecting Northern Ireland’s wild animals and plants. Further details are available here:

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Any information about wildlife crime should be passed immediately to the PSNI on telephone 101. 


  • •Describe your call as a Wildlife Crime report;

  • •Give details of the crime: the who, what, where, when and how;

  • •Ask for an incident reference number. 


Fish poaching in the Foyle Lough and Carlingford Lough should be reported to the Loughs Agency on 028 71 342100.


Fish poaching in any other river-catchment areas can also be reported to DAERA Inland Fisheries on 028 91513101 or outside office hours on 0800 807060.


*Information can also be given anonymously

via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.