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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Eight underwater safe zones for fish—places where fishing is restricted in order to protect important habitat where fish live—are scattered from North Carolina to Florida. Now there’s a proposal to add areas for more targeted protections, specifically where deep-water snapper and grouper gather to spawn. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which sets fish policies in... Read More
Protecting places where fish gather to spawn boosts healthy fish populations and improves the recovery of declining ocean species. In some spawning areas where fishing has stopped, fish have grown larger and more numerous, and their populations have expanded over a wider area, replenishing nearby fishing grounds. Read More