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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

Updated data on Northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin/ whale (Cetacean) Unusual Mortality Event
NOAA Fisheries extends the public comment period to 08/27/2014 for the 90-day finding on a petition to designate the Central North Pacific population of humpback whale as a DPS and delist it under the ESA
NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife designate critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean
Apply for FY2015 Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants through 10/08/2014
NOAA Fisheries lists four distinct population segments (DPSs) of scalloped hammerhead sharks under the ESA
Significant Portion of its Range Final Policy
Updated Data on Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event
NMFS amends Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to reduce the risk of large whale entanglements in commercial trap/pot and gillnet fishing gear
Southern Resident Killer Whales: 10 Year Report (2004-2014)
Olive Ridley Turtle: 5-Year Review
$7,500 WWF SmartGear Competition prize for bycatch reduction of marine mammals in gillnet fishing gear, entry deadline is 08/31/2014
NOAA Celebrates World Sea Turtle Day!

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