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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

90-Day Finding on petition to list the common thresher shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information on the common thresher shark through 05/04/2015
Proposal to list the Tanzanian distinct population segment of African Coelacanth as threatened under the ESA; submit comments through 05/04/2015
12-month finding on petition to revise critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale distinct population segment
Proposal to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic Right Whales; submit comments through 04/21/2015
Negative 90-day finding on petition to list yellowtail damselfish under ESA
Nominations sought for Atlantic and Pacific Scientific Review Groups under the MMPA, deadline 03/20/15
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
Study finds distinct groupings in multi-year Northern Gulf of Mexico marine mammal unusual mortality event
Amendments to bottlenose dolphin take reduction plan require year-round use of modified pound net leaders in specified waters
Southern Resident killer whale - "Lolita" - included in endangered listing
Draft 2014 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports are available for public comment until 4/29/15
Protective regulations considered for conservation of 20 threatened coral species; submit information through 03/16/2015

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