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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

Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Actions
NOAA Fisheries determines that listing the Southeast Alaska DPS of Pacific herring under the ESA is not warranted at this time.
90-day finding on petition to list multiple species of skates, rays, and bony fishes under ESA; status review initiated for 10 species; request for scientific and commercial information on these species through 04/25/2014
90-day finding on petition to list multiple species and subpopulations of marine mammals under ESA; status review initiated for 1 species and 3 subpopulations; request for scientific and commercial information on these entities through 04/22/2014
Positive 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Caribbean Electric Ray Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
NOAA Fisheries Designates an Experimental Population of Central Valley Spring-Run Chinook Salmon in the San Joaquin River, CA
Update on Marine Mammal Acoustic Guidance
Results from 2011 Barataria Bay Dolphin Health Study, detailing dolphin injuries, published in Environmental Science and Technology
NOAA extends rule reducing risk of whale ship strikes along U.S. East Coast
NOAA Fisheries Proposes 2014 List of Fisheries

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