FOLLOW US:

Stay connected with us
around the nation »


Email Newsletter icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for FishNews

Welcome to the Office of Protected Resources

The Office of Protected Resources (OPR) is a headquarters program office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service, or NMFS), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, with responsibility for protecting marine mammals and endangered/threatened marine life.

NOAA's Office of Protected Resources works to conserve, protect, and recover species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in conjunction with our Regional Offices, Science Centers, and various partners.

Recent News and Hot Topics

02/05/2016
NOAA Fisheries finalizes regulatory changes to procedure for designating critical habitat under the ESA
02/05/2016
NOAA Fisheries finalizes regulatory changes to definition of "destruction or adverse modification" of critical habitat under the ESA
02/05/2016
NOAA Fisheries finalizes policy on exclusions from critical habitat designation under the ESA section 4(b)(2)
01/26/2016
NOAA Fisheries expands critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic Right Whales
01/19/2016
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list the Banggai cardinalfish as threatened under the ESA
01/12/2016
90-Day Finding on petition to list the oceanic whitetip shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 03/14/2016
12/07/2015
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list 6 foreign species of elasmobranchs under the ESA
11/02/2015
Proposed ESA Recovery Plan for Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Now Available
10/27/2015
Southern Right Whale 5-year Review Now Available
10/26/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to list the Northwest Atlantic population of thorny skate under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 12/28/2015
10/26/2015
NMFS issues “not warranted” finding on a petition to identify and delist a distinct population of shortnose sturgeon from Saint John River, Canada
10/13/2015
Proposed ESA Recovery Plan for Oregon Coast Coho Salmon Now Available

» Hot Topics Archive