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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 Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
Collaboration among government agencies, rice growers, and industry restrict use of pesticide thiobencarb to further protect salmon and steelhead trout in California
Revised taxonomy and nomenclature for Hawaiian monk seals effective 01/16/2015
Ship speed limit rule in effect through Apr 15 in Southeast U.S. areas for right whale calving and nursery grounds
NOAA Fisheries designates critical habitat for the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPSs of yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio
BOEM developing long-term monitoring plan for potential impacts to marine mammals from geophysical survey activities in the Gulf of Mexico, public input requested through 12/08/2014
Queen conch not warranted for listing under the ESA
Northern fur seals subsistence harvest regulations modified for Eastern Pacific stock to authorize harvest of up to 150 male young of the year annually, within total range of 300-500 males annually, during a new autumn harvest season
Ship speed limit rule in effect through Apr 30 in Mid-Atlantic areas for right whale migration and calving
14 fisheries proposed in annual determination to implement the sea turtle observer requirement
Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
51 eligible proposals received for FY15 Prescott Grants for Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance

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