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  Protected Resources Division
  263 13th Avenue South 
  Saint Petersburg, FL  33701

  Phone: (727) 824-5312

Protected Resources Division

The Protected Resources Division is responsible for the conservation, protection, and recovery of marine mammals and endangered and threatened species. We implement the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

Through policy, management, and public outreach, the Protected Resources Division strives to ensure the recovery and survival of protected marine species for future generations in the waters of the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hot topics:


NOAA Releases the final biological opinion on the continued implementation of sea turtle conservation regulations and continued authorization of federal Southeast shrimp fisheries.  

Endangered Right Whale Off Georgia Coast Partially Freed From Fishing Gear 

NOAA Responds to Pilot Whales Stranding in Southwest Florida



Outreach and Education Materials

Endangered Species 

Section 7 Consultations

Threatened and Endangered Species Lists

Listing Petitions

Sea Turtles


Johnson's Seagrass



Species of Concern

Marine Mammals 

Bottlenose Dolphins

North Atlantic Right Whales

Marine Mammal Health & Stranding

Marine Mammal Authorization Program

Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan

Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan