NOAA Fisheries: Office of Protected Resources
Acropora palmata thicket on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Andy Bruckner, 1996 Coho salmon painting, Canadian Dept of Fisheries and Oceans Monk seal, C.E. Bowlby Humpback whale, Dr. Lou Herman
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 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

09/05/2008   Proposed Critical Habitat for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Salmon [pdf]

09/05/2008   Proposed Critical Habitat for the Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American Green Sturgeon [pdf]

09/03/2008   Proposed Endangered Status for Atlantic Salmon in Maine Outside of the Gulf of Maine DPS [pdf]

09/03/2008   In-water Sea Turtle Monitoring and Research in Florida: Review and Recommendations [pdf] [7.1 MB]

09/02/2008   Final Rule to Delay Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) Sinking Groundline Requirement [pdf]

08/27/2008   Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan Guidance for Species Delisted from the Endangered Species Act [pdf]

08/25/2008   Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to Implement the Vessel Operational Measures to Reduce Ship Strikes to the North Atlantic Right Whale

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two north atlantic right whales
North Atlantic right whales
(Eubalaena glacialis)
Photo: NOAA

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