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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 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 solicits nominations for Scientific Review Groups. Nominations are due October 31, 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
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the Maui’s dolphin as endangered and the South Island Hector’s dolphin as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
NOAA Fisheries proposes to list the common guitarfish and blackchin guitarfish as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act
NOAA Fisheries publishes final rule to divide the globally-listed humpback whale into 14 DPSs and list 4 DPSs as endangered and 1 as threatened
NOAA Fisheries announces recipients of FY2016 John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance grants

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