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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

Proposed ESA Recovery Plan for Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Now Available
Southern Right Whale 5-year Review Now Available
90-Day Finding on petition to list the Northwest Atlantic population of thorny skate under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 12/28/2015
NMFS issues “not warranted” finding on a petition to identify and delist a distinct population of shortnose sturgeon from Saint John River, Canada
Proposed ESA Recovery Plan for Oregon Coast Coho Salmon Now Available
Final Rule To List the Dusky Sea Snake and Three Foreign Corals Under the ESA Now Available
NOAA Fisheries announces draft recovery plan for Northern California Steelhead, Central California Coast Steelhead, and the California Coastal Chinook; available for comment
NOAA Fisheries announces draft 2015 Stock Assessment Reports (SARs) available for comment
New guidance for research using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
Southern DPS Green Sturgeon 5-year Status Review Now Available
Kemp's Ridley Final 5-Year Review Now Available
NOAA Fisheries finalizes marine mammal stock assessment reports for 2014

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