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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

12-month finding on petition to list the harbor porpoise population in the Baltic Sea as a distinct population segment under the ESA
Proposal to list 11 distinct population segments of green sea turtles as endangered or threatened under the ESA; submit comments through 06/22/2015
Proposed Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan amendments to change single trap and gear marking requirements
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
Final recovery plan for elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) now available
90-Day Finding on petition to list the common thresher shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information on the common thresher shark through 05/04/2015
Proposal to list the Tanzanian distinct population segment of African Coelacanth as threatened under the ESA; submit comments through 05/04/2015
12-month finding on petition to revise critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale distinct population segment
Proposal to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic Right Whales; submit comments through 04/21/2015
Negative 90-day finding on petition to list yellowtail damselfish under ESA
Nominations sought for Atlantic and Pacific Scientific Review Groups under the MMPA, deadline 03/20/15
Study finds distinct groupings in multi-year Northern Gulf of Mexico marine mammal unusual mortality event

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