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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

NOAA Fisheries announces call for applications for the FY2018 Prescott Grant Program
Negative 90-day finding on petition to list winter-run Puget Sound chum salmon under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries initiates a 5-year review of the North Pacific Right Whale.
NOAA Fisheries extends the public comment period to August 28, 2017, on the proposed revisions to the Recovery Plan Preparation and Implementation Priorities Guidelines.
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin as endangered under the ESA
90-Day Finding on petition to list 10 giant clam species under the ESA; status review initiated for 7 of the species and request for scientific and commercial information through 08/25/2017
NOAA Fisheries announces availability of the 2016 marine mammal stock assessment reports
NOAA Fisheries publishes proposed revisions to the recovery priority guidelines; submit comments through 06/30/2017
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list six foreign elasmobranch species under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries announces availability of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale 5-Year Review. NOAA Fisheries recommends the species remain listed as endangered.
NOAA Fisheries determines that the thorny skate does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time.
NOAA Fisheries reopens the public comment period on the proposed rule to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale as an endangered species under the ESA; submit comments through 02/23/2017

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