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.
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As red snapper continues to recover from decades of overfishing off the southeastern coast of the U.S., efforts by fishery managers to restart fishing of this iconic species are putting science to the test. Read More
Starting today, fish in U.S. South Atlantic Ocean waters have some newly protected places to spawn. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which sets fishing policy in federal waters from North Carolina to Florida, voted in March 2016 to protect five locations of 3 to 5 square miles each off Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Fishing is still allowed at the surface but is... Read More
A federal decision to extend the fishing season for Gulf of Mexico red snapper this summer is likely to lead to overfishing and could allow private recreational anglers to take up to three times as much fish as they are legally allowed under scientifically sound catch limits, according to an analysis of fishery data by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More