Find facts about the species we manage. Learn more about their biology and population status, where they live, the threats they face, and how we are conserving and studying each species.
Species diversity is part of the natural legacy we leave for future generations. We work to safeguard species at risk of extinction, of which there are two main groups—endangered and threatened species. A species is considered endangered if it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. A species is considered threatened if it is likely to become endangered in the future.
Learn more about endangered species conservation
Some species face bigger challenges to their survival than others. The Species in the Spotlight initiative is a concerted effort by NOAA Fisheries to rally individuals, agencies, partners, and institutions large and small to help save eight highly imperiled species from extinction. We are working to boost recovery actions and raise awareness about these marine animals.
Check out our Species in the Spotlight