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Conservation, Protection, and Recovery

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources has joint responsibility with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). All marine mammals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Approximately 1,850 species, including marine turtles, fish, invertebrates, and some marine mammals, are listed under the ESA as either threatened or endangered . NMFS also maintains a list of species of concern and a list of species that are candidates for listing under the ESA.

The Office of Protected Resources is devoted to conservation, protection, and recovery of marine resources, through the following activities:

Under the ESA--

Under the MMPA--

How You Can Help
Responsible Wildlife Viewing
Report a Beached Marine Mammal
Report a Stranded Sea Turtle
Report Wildlife Harassment
Call NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement 24-hour hotline:
(800) 853-1964

Learn More about Protecting Wildlife

Updated: February 20, 2013