Holly Binns

Holly Binns

  • Director
  • U.S. Oceans, Southeast,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Florida


Holly Binns directs Pew’s efforts to protect ocean life, and end overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. South Atlantic Ocean and the U.S. Caribbean. She also works to ensure abundant populations of prey species, known as forage fish, in Florida’s coastal waters.

Before joining Pew, Binns was Environment Florida’s field director and coordinated policy development, research and legislative advocacy. During her eight years in that post, she designed and directed numerous successful conservation campaigns, including efforts that halted construction of seven coal-fired power plants in the state. Binns also has run citizen outreach campaigns for progressive nonprofit organizations, worked as a political campaign fundraiser, and served as a legislative aide in Georgia.

Binns is a sixth-generation Floridian and lives and works in the state capital, Tallahassee, where she attended Florida State University.

Recent Work

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  • Let’s Urge Fishery Council to Protect Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Corals

    Far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico lie deep-sea corals—fragile, slow-growing habitat that hosts starfish, lobsters, crabs, sharks, and many fish species, including groupers and snappers. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, which governs fishing in the Gulf’s federal waters, is considering measures to protect corals in at least 15 areas by restricting the use of... Read More

  • Ancient Corals Need Protection From Modern Threats

    Gulf of Mexico deep-sea corals form diverse habitat communities consisting of reefs, mounds, and undersea forests that are home to starfish, squat lobsters, crabs, sharks, and many species of fish, including grouper and snapper. These fragile and slow-growing corals thrive in the cold, dark ocean depths. Read More

  • A Plan of Distinction

    Caribbean islands are as diverse as those who inhabit them, and the culture, economy, and lifestyle on each island influence how people use their ocean resources. However, federal fishery managers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico generally set most fishing rules by treating the locations as a single unit. A new proposal would deal with that issue by providing unique fishery management... Read More

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