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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 proposes regulations for the designation of experimental populations under section 10(j) of the ESA
Extended public comment period and additional public hearings on green sea turtle listing
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list 3 foreign marine angelshark species as endangered under the ESA; submit comments through 09/14/2015
Final Recovery Plan for Snake River Sockeye Salmon Now Available
Sperm Whale 5-Year Final Review Now Available
Final Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan amendment to change single trap and gear marking requirements
NOAA Fisheries determines that listing the undulate ray under the ESA is not warranted and listing the greenback parrotfish under the ESA is not warranted at this time.
NOAA Fisheries extends the public comment period to 07/06/2015 for the 90-day finding on a petition to list the Common Thresher Shark as endangered or threatened under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service finalize revisions to ESA regulations governing Incidental Take Statements
Amended permit to authorize incidental take of endangered whales by CA thresher shark/ swordfish drift gillnet fishery (>14 inch mesh) and WA/ OR/ CA sablefish pot fishery
90-Day Finding on petition to delist the Snake-River fall-run Chinook salmon ESU under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 06/22/2015
Proposal to revise ESA status of humpback whales, id'ing 14 distinct population segments- list 2 as endangered, 2 as threatened, 10 not-warranted for listing. Comment by 7/20/2015

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