Assessments
 
  
Hawksbill
Population assessments provide the foundation for evaluating status of and threats to marine mammals and sea turtles. Read More...
common_dolphin
Aiming to better understand how marine animals use sound and the potential impacts of man-made noise on the underwater environment. Read More...
bearded_seal
Understanding climate change impacts on living marine resource distribution and occurrence patterns is a high priority for NOAA Fisheries. Read More...
killer_whales
Ship-based and aerial surveys are critical to achieving NMFS’ marine mammal and sea turtle population assessment goals. Read More...
elkhorn_coral
NOAA is committed, under its Healthy Oceans Goal, to two objectives directly related to protected species science and management. Read More...
albatross
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for research and management of numerous other protected species. Read More...
Development
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The Protected Species Science Program (PSSB) within the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology provides and coordinates the science necessary to support and inform management decisions. We do this by coordinating closely with the six Fisheries Science Centers, the Office of Protected Resources, and other NOAA Headquarters offices.  Management and regulatory decisions related to marine mammals and sea turtles are guided principally by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Read More...

About Us

The Protected Species Science Branch (PSSB), along with the NOAA Fisheries Science Centers, provides the science necessary to support and inform management decisions. Read More...

Databases

The PSSB manages two principal databases: Protected Species Incidental Take (PSIT) and the Protected Resources – Species Information System (PR-SIS). Read More...