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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

08/27/2015
Public comment period extended through 09/25/15 on proposal to revise the green turtle listings under the ESA
08/25/2015
Southern DPS Green Sturgeon 5-year Status Review Now Available
08/21/2015
Kemp's Ridley Final 5-Year Review Now Available
08/20/2015
NOAA Fisheries declares an Unusual Mortality Event for large whale strandings in the Western Gulf of Alaska
08/18/2015
Final rule revising designation of Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat
08/11/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to list the bigeye thresher shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 10/13/2015
08/11/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to list the smooth hammerhead shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 10/13/2015
08/07/2015
Apply for FY2016 Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants through 10/07/2015
07/31/2015
NOAA Fisheries proposes regulations for the designation of experimental populations under section 10(j) of the ESA
07/14/2015
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list 3 foreign marine angelshark species as endangered under the ESA; submit comments through 09/14/2015
06/09/2015
Final Recovery Plan for Snake River Sockeye Salmon Now Available
06/09/2015
Sperm Whale 5-Year Final Review Now Available

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