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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

01/29/2015
Draft 2014 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports are available for public comment until 4/29/15
01/18/2015
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
01/12/2015
Protective regulations considered for conservation of 20 threatened coral species; submit information through 03/16/2015
01/08/2015
Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
01/01/2015
Ship speed limit rule in effect through May 15 in Cape Cod Bay for right whale feeding areas
12/29/2014
List of Fisheries classifying U.S. commercial fisheries into one of three Categories according to the level of incidental mortality or serious injury of marine mammals finalized for 2015
12/23/2014
Pinto abalone not warranted for listing under the ESA
12/17/2014
Guidelines for safely deterring marine mammals to be developed; public input requested by 01/15/2015
12/15/2014
6 foreign species proposed for listing under the ESA
12/15/2014
Northwest Atlantic (NWA) DPS of dusky shark not warranted for listing under the ESA
12/11/2014
5 species of sawfish listed as endangered under the ESA
12/08/2014
Proposal to designate critical habitat for Arctic ring seals in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas, open for comment until March 3, 2015

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