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Welcome to the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office’s Protected Resources Division

  • We Conserve Sea Turtles

    Managing, conserving, and rebuilding populations of sea turtles from Maine through Virginia. Read More . . .

  • We Recover Protected Species

    (University of Maine) Shortnose sturgeon are listed under the Endangered Species Act as an endangered species throughout their range in the United States. Read More . . .

  • We Support Healthy Habitats

    NOAA staff work with states and other organizations to protect and recover habitats important to endangered fish like Atlantic Salmon. Read More . . .

  • We Protect Marine Mammals

    Our office protects, conserves, and recovers populations of marine mammal by implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Read More . . .

  • Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue

    Partner organizations in the Northeast to receive $3 million to respond to sick, injured or stranded marine mammals and investigate population health in the wild Read More . . .

The Protected Resources Division is dedicated to managing, conserving, and rebuilding populations of marine mammals and endangered and threatened marine and anadromous species in rivers, bays, estuaries and marine waters of the Northeast.  Through management, conservation and recovery efforts, and public outreach and education under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act, we strive to ensure the survival of the protected marine species in the Northeast United States for future generations.  Protected Resources Division is comprised of three programs:  Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles, Endangered Species Consultations (Section 7), and Endangered Species Act Listed Fish and Species of Concern.

To learn more about our new expedited section 7 consultation process,
and how to complete a consultation, click HERE

The Greater Atlantic Region Protected Resources Division focuses on:

These species are protected/conserved through various programs, including:

Endangered Species Act Consultations & Cooperative Agreements

Marine Mammal Program

Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle


Sea Turtle Program

PRD Research Priorities & Funding

Sturgeon, Salmon, Proactive Conservation Program

Outreach & Education


Contact Us

Protected Resources Division Main Office:  978-281-9328
Click here for GARFO PRD Organizational Chart