National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

Sean Hastings

sean hastings

Resource Protection Coordinator

Sean joined the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in 1997 and serves as the site’s Resource Protection Coordinator.  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 has helped to move commercial shipping lanes to protect endangered whales.  Daily he strives to raise 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.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6424

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