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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

NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin as endangered under the ESA
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
NOAA Fisheries announces availability of the 2016 marine mammal stock assessment reports
NOAA Fisheries solicits nominations for marine mammal Scientific Review Groups. Nominations are due July 24, 2017.
NOAA Fisheries publishes proposed revisions to the recovery priority guidelines; submit comments through 06/30/2017
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list six foreign elasmobranch species under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries announces availability of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale 5-Year Review. NOAA Fisheries recommends the species remain listed as endangered.
NOAA Fisheries determines that the thorny skate does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time.
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
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list two foreign guitarfishes as threatened under the ESA
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
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

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