Sean Morton, Superintendent, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Sean Morton

Sanctuary Superintendent


Sean Morton has been the Superintendent of NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary since February 2009.  As Superintendent, Sean is responsible for all aspects of management, operations, and policy implementation. 

Prior to coming to the Florida Keys, Sean held several positions in NOAA.  Sean served as the Management Plan Coordinator for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and as a Program Analyst in the Office of the Director for National Marine Sanctuaries in Silver Spring, Maryland.  He has also worked in NOAA’s Program Coordination Office and as the Deputy Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  From 1993 to 2001, Sean was a planner for the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department working on long-term coastal planning studies and offshore oil and gas permit review and compliance.

Sean holds as Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Administration from American University in Washington DC.