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Sean Hastings

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Ocean and Coastal Policy & Management


Master of Marine Affairs, University of Washington
BA, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz


Sean Hastings joined the Bren School in 2014 as a lecturer for the Ocean and Coastal Policy and Management course (ESM 257). The course focuses on professional development and is based on his 20+ years of experiences  with NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) as the Policy, Information and Management Officer. At the sanctuary he is responsible for the development of policies and programs to address industrial, military, commercial and recreational uses and impacts in and around the Sanctuary. Sean helped to create a network of complete “no-take” zones to restore local fish and invertebrate populations and habitats in the Sanctuary, and helped the State of California to do the same in state waters on the mainland. With a multi-agency coalition and community support he moved international shipping lanes to protect endangered whales. He raises the sanctuary’s profile locally, nationally and internationally through astute communication, media and negotiation skills. He has forged trusted partnerships with academia, government agencies, non-government organizations and sanctuary user groups.  

Sean has a Master of Marine Affairs Degree from the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz.  In 1998 he was nominated as a Presidential Management Fellow. Sean is an avid outdoorsman who surfs, boats, paddles, SCUBA and free dives, fishes, hunts, skis and snowboards throughout California’s wild lands.

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