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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

07/22/2016
NOAA Fisheries determines that the Caribbean electric ray does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time.
07/06/2016
NOAA Fisheries proposes to delist the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin distinct population segment (DPS) of canary rockfish because it does not meet the DPS criteria and update the listed Puget Sound/Georgia Basin yelloweye rockfish and bocaccio DPS descriptions
06/29/2016
NOAA Fisheries publishes Final Rule to list the Nassau Grouper as threatened Under the Endangered Species Act
06/28/2016
NOAA Fisheries proposes to designate critical habitat for the Carolina and South Atlantic Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic sturgeon; Correction
06/28/2016
NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of the draft Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP) Handbook
06/28/2016
NOAA Fisheries determines that the smooth hammerhead shark does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time
06/28/2016
Negative 90-day Finding on petition to list the Maui and Kona reef manta ray populations under the ESA
06/23/2016
NOAA Fisheries issues permit authorizing incidental take of endangered marine mammals by the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands pollock and flatfish trawl fisheries
06/13/2016
​NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of the final 2015 marine mammal stock assessment reports
06/03/2016
NOAA Fisheries proposes to designate critical habitat for the Carolina and South Atlantic Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic sturgeon
06/03/2016
NOAA Fisheries proposes to designate critical habitat for the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, and Chesapeake Bay Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic sturgeon
05/26/2016
NOAA Fisheries publishes definitions and procedures for designating experimental populations under the ESA

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