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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

03/08/2017
NOAA Fisheries announces availability of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale 5-Year Review. NOAA Fisheries recommends the species remain listed as endangered.
02/23/2017
NOAA Fisheries determines that the thorny skate does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time.
02/08/2017
NOAA Fisheries reopens the public comment period on the proposed rule to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale as an endangered species under the ESA; submit comments through 02/23/2017
01/19/2017
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list two foreign guitarfishes as threatened under the ESA
01/13/2017
NOAA Fisheries, the Department of State, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service solicit comment on the recommendations to add 12 species to the Annexes of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol
01/12/2017
NOAA Fisheries finalizes MMPA List of Fisheries for 2017 classifying U.S. commercial fisheries into one of three categories according to the level of incidental mortality or serious injury of marine mammals
01/11/2017
NOAA Fisheries determines that the Alabama shad does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time.
01/11/2017
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the giant manta ray as threatened under the ESA and determines that the reef manta ray is not warranted for listing at this time.
01/05/2017
NMFS announces availability of the final recovery plan for the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale
12/28/2016
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the oceanic whitetip shark as threatened under the ESA
12/23/2016
NOAA Fisheries and U.S. FWS finalize revisions to the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances policy under the Endangered Species Act
12/22/2016
NMFS announces initiation of a 5-year review for endangered black abalone and white abalone and requests information

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