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NOAA Fisheries
Office of Protected Resources
Acropora palmata thicket on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Andy Bruckner, 1996Coho salmon painting, Canadian Dept of Fisheries and OceansMonk seal, C.E. BowlbyHumpback whale, Dr. Lou Herman
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Conservation, Protection, & Recovery
Species of Concern
Listing of Species
Recovery of Species
Marine Mammal Conservation Plans
Cooperation with States
Interagency Consultation

Human Impacts
Fisheries Interactions (bycatch)
Ocean Sound/Acoustics
Ship Strikes
Viewing Wildlife

International Cooperation

Marine Mammal Health & Stranding
Marine Mammal National Database
National Tissue Bank
Prescott Grants
Unusual Mortality Events
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OPR Site Map

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U.S. and International Programs

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR), in cooperation with its regional offices, science centers, and national and international partners, manages the following programs:

Conservation, Protection, and Recovery
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) mandate protections for marine mammals and threatened and endangered marine life. PR carries out those mandates by cooperating with partners to conserve, protect, and recover protected marine life.

Human Impacts
PR addresses human impacts on protected marine species, such as accidental capture in fishing gear, ocean sound, ship strikes, and habitat loss. In addition, marine mammals may have an effect on human activities or property. NMFS, in collaboration with other Federal and state officials, has prepared initial information for deterring pinnipeds.

International Cooperation
In an effort to conserve protected marine resources, it is important to consider the migratory nature of some protected species. Domestic conservation efforts for migratory species are more successful when undertaken in cooperation and collaboration with other countries. PR collaborates with the Office of International Affairs on numerous international activities to improve the protection and conservation of species that cross outside of U.S. waters. More information can be found on our website:

Marine Mammal Health and Stranding
The Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program responds to marine mammals that have washed ashore (stranded) along the coast of the U.S. The program also assesses trends in marine mammal health and how these trends correlate with environmental data.

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