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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

08/26/2016
90-Day Finding on petition to list chambered nautilus under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 10/25/2016
08/23/2016
NOAA Fisheries announces proposed rule under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to enhance protections for spinner dolphins in the Main Hawaiian Islands, comments requested by 10/23/16
08/12/2016
NOAA Fisheries publishes proposed 2017 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
07/29/2016
NOAA Fisheries publishes Final Rule to list common, sawback, and smoothback angelsharks as endangered species under the ESA
07/29/2016
NOAA Fisheries determines that the porbeagle shark does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time
07/28/2016
NOAA Fisheries announces call for proposals for the FY2017 Prescott Grant Program
07/27/2016
NOAA Fisheries announces call for proposals to the FY2017 Species Recovery Grants to States Program
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 determines that the smooth hammerhead shark does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time

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