Holly Binns directs Pew’s efforts to protect ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. South Atlantic Ocean and the U.S. Caribbean. This work aims to ensure sustainable fishing and robust marine food webs; protect important habitats such as deep-sea corals and fish spawning sites; and safeguard marine resources for the benefit of coastal communities, fishermen, seafood eaters, divers, boaters, and others, as well as for future generations.
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 ran citizen outreach campaigns, served as a legislative aide in Georgia, and is the former co-chair of the Florida Climate Alliance. She serves on the board of directors for the Environment Florida Research & Policy Center.
Binns is a sixth-generation Floridian who earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Florida State University.
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A rushed decision to reopen red snapper fishing along the U.S. South Atlantic coast could threaten the species’ ongoing recovery, but anglers can help reduce deaths of fish thrown back and gather needed data to help scientists who are studying the fish. Read More
While energy development and changing ocean conditions also pose threats to corals, fisheries managers have jurisdiction over preventing damage from fishing gear. Read More
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