Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) Penalties
From 321 CMR 10.06
- Unauthorized taking, possession, and sale of species on the State
or Federal lists. Any person who violates the provisions of the first
paragraph of M.G.L. c. 131A, § 2 or 321 CMR 10.04 or 10.11 through
10.24 shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 or imprisonment
for not more than 90 days or both such fine and imprisonment. Upon
a second or subsequent conviction such person shall be punished by
a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment
for not more than 180 days or both such fine and imprisonment.
- Civil Penalties. Any person who violates M.G.L. c. 131A, s. 2 or
any rule or regulation adopted thereunder shall be subject to a civil
assessment not to exceed $10,000 for each such violation.
- Multiple Violations. The commission of an act prohibited by M.G.L. c 131A or any rule or regulation adopted thereunder with respect to each individual animal or plant, or part thereof, shall constitute a separate offense.