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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

Guidelines for safely deterring marine mammals to be developed; public input requested by 01/15/2015
6 foreign species proposed for listing under the ESA
Northwest Atlantic (NWA) DPS of dusky shark not warranted for listing under the ESA
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
5 species of sawfish listed as endangered under the ESA
Proposal to designate critical habitat for Arctic ring seals in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas, open for comment until March 3, 2015
Fishermen may now submit marine mammal mortality/ injury report forms online or via email to
Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
Collaboration among government agencies, rice growers, and industry restrict use of pesticide thiobencarb to further protect salmon and steelhead trout in California
Revised taxonomy and nomenclature for Hawaiian monk seals effective 01/16/2015
Ship speed limit rule in effect through Apr 15 in Southeast U.S. areas for right whale calving and nursery grounds
NOAA Fisheries designates critical habitat for the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPSs of yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio

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