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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

05/03/2016
NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propose revisions to the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances policy under the Endangered Species Act
04/19/2016
NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revise proposal for improving Endangered Species Act petition process
04/07/2016
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 2016
04/05/2016
NOAA Fisheries publishes proposed rule to designate the Sakhalin Bay-Nikolaya Bay-Amur River stock of beluga whales as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act
04/05/2016
NOAA Fisheries and US Fish and Wildlife Service finalize listing of 11 distinct population segments of the green sea turtle under the ESA
04/01/2016
NOAA Fisheries determines that the common thresher shark and bigeye thresher shark do not warrant listing under the ESA at this time
03/29/2016
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list the Tanzanian Distinct Population Segment of African Coelacanth as threatened under the ESA
03/18/2016
NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on the draft monitoring plan for the distinct population segments of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) that are not proposed for listing under the ESA
03/16/2016
NOAA Fisheries proposes changes to section of Draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing
02/24/2016
NOAA Fisheries announces Draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy and opens 90-day public comment period seeking feedback by 06/03/16
02/23/2016
NOAA Fisheries finalizes critical habitat designations for lower Columbia River coho salmon and Puget Sound steelhead
02/23/2016
90-Day Finding on petition to list manta rays under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 04/25/2016

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