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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 Fisheries announces updated Draft Atlantic Stock Assessment Report available for comment through 01/09/2017
NOAA Fisheries determines that listing Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake, AK is not warranted
NOAA Fisheries receives over $5 million in funding requests through the FY2017 Species Recovery Grants to States Program
NMFS issues final determination to designate Sakhalin Bay-Nikolaya Bay-Amur River Stock of beluga whales as a depleted stock of marine mammals.
Informed by our 5-year reviews, NOAA Fisheries announces a proposal to update the descriptions of salmon and steelhead listed under the ESA; submit comments through December 20, 2016.
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to list the gulf grouper as endangered and the island grouper as threatened under the ESA
NMFS extends deadline for Species Recovery Grants to States proposals due to Hurricane Matthew; new proposal deadline is October 24th
NMFS and USFWS request information on the status of the distinct population segment of North Pacific Ocean loggerhead sea turtle that has become available since 2011 to inform a 5-year review and a draft recovery plan.
NOAA Fisheries announces 2016 Stock Assessment Reports (SARs) available for comment through 01/09/2017
90-Day Finding on petition to list Pacific bluefin tuna under the ESA; status review initiated and request for scientific and commercial information through 12/12/2016
NOAA Fisheries reopens the public comment period on the proposed designation of critical habitat for 5 DPSs of Atlantic sturgeon; submit comments through 10/14/2016
NOAA Fisheries and U.S. FWS publish final rule revising the regulations for petitions under the ESA

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