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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

08/20/2014
Dolphin Harassment Continues in Florida Panhandle, Tour Boat Operator Fined
08/19/2014
Final Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports for 2013
08/17/2014
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
08/07/2014
Sockeye salmon on the road to recovery in the Pacific Northwest
08/07/2014
Sturgeon in Connecticut River: Working to Bring Back Ancient Fish
08/06/2014
Northern fur seal subsistence estimates on the Pribilof Islands, AK
08/04/2014
Federal Funding Opportunity for Species Recovery Grants to States, apply by 11/07/2014
08/03/2014
Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
07/31/2014
Finding on Petition to Designate Sakhalin Bay-Amur River Beluga Whale Stock as Depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act
07/31/2014
$7,500 WWF SmartGear Competition prize for bycatch reduction of marine mammals in gillnet fishing gear, entry deadline is 08/31/2014
07/24/2014
NOAA Fisheries proposes to modify the subsistence harvest regulations for the Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals
07/11/2014
NOAA Fisheries extends the public comment period to 08/27/2014 for the 90-day finding on a petition to designate the Central North Pacific population of humpback whale as a DPS and delist it under the ESA

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