About Dustin Colson Leaning

Dustin Colson Leaning

Senior Specialist, Fisheries Innovations and Policy


Areas of expertise:

Technologies for fisheries management, fisheries policy and management


Dustin is dedicated to advancing solutions for climate-resilient fisheries by applying cutting-edge tools, technologies and innovative policies. Dustin supports the development and implementation of on-the-water projects that utilize technology solutions to address key challenges in fisheries around the world. His work aims to bring benefits to fishing communities and ocean ecosystems, while creating the necessary conditions for innovation and fostering sustainable practices.


Prior to joining EDF, Dustin coordinated fisheries management plans for several iconic species including summer flounder, black sea bass and coastal sharks at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. In his free time, Dustin spends every possible moment outdoors enjoying hiking, rock climbing and foraging.


Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies & Economics, Eckerd College

Master of Environmental Management (Focus in Marine Policy), Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University


G. DePiper, S. Gaichas, B. Muffley, G. Ardini, J. Brust, J. Coakley, K. Dancy, G. Warren Elliot, D. Colson Leaning, D. Lipton, J. McNamee, C. Perretti, K. Rootes-Murdy, M.Wilber. “Learning by Doing: Collaborative Conceptual Modelling as a Path Forward in Ecosystem-Based Management.” ICES Journal of Marine Science 78.4 (2021): 1217-1228.