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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

NOAA Fisheries publishes definitions and procedures for designating experimental populations under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries releases 2016 five-year status reviews for Pacific salmon and steelhead
NOAA Fisheries determines that delisting the Snake River fall-run Chinook salmon ESU is not warranted at this time
90-Day Finding on petition to list the Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 07/11/2016
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
NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revise proposal for improving Endangered Species Act petition process
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
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
NOAA Fisheries and US Fish and Wildlife Service finalize listing of 11 distinct population segments of the green sea turtle under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries determines that the common thresher shark and bigeye thresher shark do not warrant listing under the ESA at this time
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list the Tanzanian Distinct Population Segment of African Coelacanth as threatened under the ESA
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

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