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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 announces the availability of the Yelloweye Rockfish and Bocaccio Final Recovery Plan
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the chambered nautilus as threatened under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of the North Atlantic Right Whale 5-Year Review
NOAA Fisheries announces availability of the Mediterranean Monk Seal 5-Year Review
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list the Maui dolphin as endangered and the South Island Hector’s dolphin as threatened under the ESA
NOAA announces the availability of the final recovery plan for the Southern Distinct Population Segment of Eulachon.
NOAA Fisheries designates critical habitat for Atlantic sturgeon
NOAA Fisheries initiates a new status review of alewife and blueback herring under the ESA and requests scientific and commercial information through 10/16/2017
NOAA Fisheries announces $5.8 million in funding for grants awarded under the 2017 Species Recovery Program and the call for applications to the FY2018 Species Recovery Program.
NOAA Fisheries determines that the Pacific bluefin tuna does not warrant listing under the ESA at this time.
NOAA Fisheries announces call for applications for the FY2018 Prescott Grant Program
Negative 90-day finding on petition to list winter-run Puget Sound chum salmon under the ESA

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