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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  • Hold That Salad. It’s Not What You Think.

    If it sounds like a sea cucumber should be a vegetable, don’t reach for your salad bowl.Although shaped like our popular produce item, these wormlike creatures are found throughout the world’s oceans. They can grow from less than an inch to nearly 10 feet. They don’t have a brain; nerves guide them instead. And they boast a unique defensive system. Scare one and it will expel... Read More

  • In Search of Monster Fish

    They can weigh up to 800 pounds, swallow a stingray, and aren't shy about snatching fish right out of human hands or off fishing lines. Goliath grouper were nearly wiped out in Florida by the 1990s due to severe overfishing and habitat loss. A 1990 moratorium stopped anyone from catching and keeping the massive beasts, which can grow up to 8 feet long. Read More

  • Holding On To the Trifecta Seafood Experience

    If you head to St. Croix, you’ll see conch for sale and fried parrotfish with a “johnny cake” flatbread at roadside stands. Read More

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