FOLLOW US:

Stay connected with us
around the nation »


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

08/15/2017
NOAA Fisheries initiates a new status review of alewife and blueback herring under the ESA and requests scientific and commercial information through 10/16/2017
08/10/2017
NOAA Fisheries announces $5.8 million in funding for grants awarded under the 2017 Species Recovery Program and the call for applications to the FY2018 Species Recovery Program.
08/08/2017
NOAA Fisheries determines that the Pacific bluefin tuna does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time.
07/25/2017
NOAA Fisheries announces call for applications for the FY2018 Prescott Grant Program
07/19/2017
Negative 90-day finding on petition to list winter-run Puget Sound chum salmon under the ESA
06/30/2017
NOAA Fisheries initiates a 5-year review of the North Pacific Right Whale.
06/30/2017
NOAA Fisheries extends the public comment period to August 28, 2017, on the proposed revisions to the Recovery Plan Preparation and Implementation Priorities Guidelines.
06/26/2017
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin as endangered under the ESA
06/26/2017
90-Day Finding on petition to list 10 giant clam species under the ESA; status review initiated for 7 of the species and request for scientific and commercial information through 08/25/2017
06/26/2017
NOAA Fisheries announces availability of the 2016 marine mammal stock assessment reports
05/31/2017
NOAA Fisheries publishes proposed revisions to the recovery priority guidelines; submit comments through 06/30/2017
05/10/2017
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list six foreign elasmobranch species under the ESA

» Hot Topics Archive