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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

14 fisheries proposed in annual determination to implement the sea turtle observer requirement
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
51 eligible proposals received for FY15 Prescott Grants for Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance
Permit to authorize incidental take of endangered whales by Hawaii deep-set and shallow-set longline fisheries
Potential Financial Assistance Program for Pinnipeds off Alaska, open for comment until 11/07/2014
Workshop to provide feedback on Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides
Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
FY2014 Prescott Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance
Recovery plan draft for elkhorn and staghorn corals
Negative 90-day finding on petition to list 6 species of Pacific damselfishes; status review initiated for the orange clownfish with a request for scientific and commercial information through 11/03/2014
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list Nassau Grouper as threatened under the ESA
NOAA lists 20 coral species as threatened under the ESA

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