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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

04/22/2015
Amended permit to authorize incidental take of endangered whales by CA thresher shark/ swordfish drift gillnet fishery (>14 inch mesh) and WA/ OR/ CA sablefish pot fishery
04/22/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to delist the Snake-River fall-run Chinook salmon ESU under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 06/22/2015
04/20/2015
Proposal to revise ESA status of humpback whales, id'ing 14 distinct population segments- list 2 as endangered, 2 as threatened, 10 not-warranted for listing. Comment by 7/20/2015
04/06/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 06/05/2015
04/06/2015
90-Day Finding on petition to identify and delist Saint John River shortnose sturgeon under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 06/05/2015
03/30/2015
90-Day Finding on petitions to list porbeagle shark under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information on porbeagle shark through 05/12/2015
03/23/2015
12-month finding on petition to list the harbor porpoise population in the Baltic Sea as a distinct population segment under the ESA
03/20/2015
Proposal to list 11 distinct population segments of green sea turtles as endangered or threatened under the ESA; submit comments through 06/22/2015
03/18/2015
Proposed Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan amendments to change single trap and gear marking requirements
03/17/2015
Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
03/05/2015
Final recovery plan for elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) and staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) now available
03/03/2015
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

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