Protected Resources Ecosystem-Based Management Activities

Whale breaching


Species diversity and ecosystem health are critical to the natural legacy we leave for future generations. Occasionally species extinction may be a natural occurrence, yet extinctions are now occurring at an unprecedented rate as a result of habitat loss, presence of invasive species, and other anthropogenic influences. NOAA is responsible for the conservation and recovery of protected species and their habitats. Such species are critical to the sustainability and health of marine ecosystems and the coastal communities that depend on them. Healthy protected species populations directly promote coastal resilience, and our work to create healthy ecosystems leads to a healthy economy that supports resilient communities. Many programs within NOAA seek to use and ecosystem-based approach to protect and manage these important species.

Office of Protected Resources

NOAA’s  Office of Protected Resources (OPR) is responsible for the conservation of marine mammals and other endangered species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and other statutes and international treaties and conventions. The OPR works to provide oversight and guidance on the conservation of marine mammals, endangered species, and their habitats.

Protected Resources Website

Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species

The Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) program is a joint effort between NOAA, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the US Navy. Together they are developing models and associated tools to provide seasonal, spatially-explicit density estimates that incorporate habitat characteristics of marine mammals, turtles, and seabirds in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Underlying these tools is broad-scale data on the seasonal distribution and abundance that was collected over multiple years using direct aerial and shipboard surveys conducted by NOAA and FWS scientists.

AMAPPS Website

This represents a sample of the NOAA programs employing EBM for protected resource management, it is not comprehensive. If there are programs you feel should be included please contact us.