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Holly Binns

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

Holly Binns joined Pew in 2008 as manager of efforts to protect ocean life and end overfishing in the Gulf of Mexico, the South Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Before joining Pew, Binns was Environment Florida’s field director and coordinated policy development and 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 has also run citizen outreach campaigns for progressive nonprofit organizations, worked as a political campaign fundraiser and served as a legislative aide in Georgia.

Holly is a third-generation Floridian and lives and works in the state capitol, Tallahassee, where she attended Florida State University.

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June 18, 2012

Red Snapper Fishing Set to Reopen after 2.5-year Moratorium

Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s vote to allow limited red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Florida.

March 16, 2012

Protections Approved for Dozens of South Atlantic Fish Species

Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Commerce Department’s approval of catch limits for more than three dozen species in the South Atlantic from Florida to North Carolina.

February 10, 2012

Gulf of Mexico Gag Grouper Win Protection

Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Commerce Department’s final approval of a gag grouper recovery plan.

December 30, 2011

Protections Finalized for 132 Caribbean Fish Species

Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final approval of plans to prevent overfishing of 132 species by setting science-based catch limits. The Caribbean Fishery Management Council gave initial approval in August.

December 29, 2011

Plans to Prevent Southeast Overfishing Win Final Approval

Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s approval of new catch limits on some species in the Gulf of Mexico.

November 9, 2011

Great Day for Menhaden

New fishery management benchmarks for Atlantic menhaden, often called “the most important fish in the sea,” were established today in an effort to increase its population to four times the current size.

August 20, 2011

New Decisions on Red Snapper Could Aid Gulf Fishermen

A Miami Herald article regarding new regulations on red snapper includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Holly Binns.

August 9, 2011

Protections Approved for Dozens of Additional Fish Species

Holly Binns, director of the Pew Environment Group’s Southeast Fish Conservation Campaign, issued the following statement in response to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s 8 to 5 vote to approve plans to prevent overfishing that protect dozens of species by setting science-based catch limits.

August 9, 2011

Federal Fishery Panel Meeting in SC Agrees to Some Annual Catch Limits for Southeastern Coast

An Associated Press report on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's approval of a new plan to prevent overfishing for more than three dozen species quotes Southeast Fish Conservation Campaign director Holly Binns.

August 7, 2011

Catch Limits for Southeast Coast to Be Considered

An Associated Press article about the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s anticipated vote on a plan to prevent overfishing on several dozen species. Southeast Fish Conservation campaign director Holly Binns is quoted.

February 25, 2011

Anglers Protesting Gag Grouper Ban in St. Pete

An article in The Tampa Tribune on fishermen protesting gag grouper catch restrictions in St. Petersburg, FL, quotes Holly Binns of the Pew Environment Group in defense of the science behind the restrictions.

December 29, 2010

Pew Hails New Protections for Fish Species

Finalized rules will help end southeast overfishing.

December 9, 2010

Red Snapper Protections Changed

A statement from Holly Binns, a project manager at the Pew Environment Group, on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s vote to eliminate the closed ocean area to bottom fishing as part of the red snapper recovery plan.

December 3, 2010

Pew Urges Fishery Council to Remain Committed to Recovery Plan

A statement from Holly Binns, of the Pew Environment Group, in response to the Department of Commerce’s decision to suspend part of the South Atlantic red snapper recovery plan until fishery managers consider results of a new study.

October 28, 2010

Red Snapper Population Set for Rebound

Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group's Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued the following statement in response to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s final approval of the South Atlantic red snapper recovery plan, Amendment 17A.

September 7, 2010

New USVI-Puerto Rico Fishery Plan Approved

The St. Croix Source reports on the approval of a new fishery plan that the Pew Environment Group is a positive first step in helping protect fish and coral in the Caribbean.

September 7, 2010

Statement on Vote on Plans to Save Caribbean Fish Species

Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, and Paul Chakroff, executive director of the St. Croix Environmental Association and member of the board of the Virgin Islands Conservation Society, issued the following statements in response to the Caribbean Fishery Management Council’s vote on plans to end overfishing and enact new rules to place limits on catch of 35 species.

July 15, 2010

Statement on the Fishery Conservation Transition Act

Lee Crockett, director of federal fisheries policy for the Pew Environment Group, and Holly Binns, manager of Pew’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued this joint statement on Senator Bill Nelson’s (D-Fla.) legislation to weaken a key federal fishery law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and delay plans to end overfishing and rebuild the severely depleted South Atlantic red snapper.

June 10, 2010

Red Snapper Fishing Limited

Almost 5000 miles of the South Atlantic coastline will be closed to red snapper fishing.  The decision came in a vote Wednesday by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.

June 9, 2010

Pew Statement Regarding Vote on the Long-Term Red Snapper Recovery Plan

Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued the following statement in response to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s vote on the long-term red snapper recovery plan.

June 4, 2010

Project Manager for Pew Environment Group: Plan Would Save Fish, Give Fishermen Jobs

 After years of study, fishery managers will vote next week in Orlando on a long-term plan to rebuild an iconic species that has plummeted to just 3 percent of healthy population levels. Red snapper have been severely overfished for more than 40 years, and it's past time to act.

January 5, 2010

Fisheries Managers Pick Area for Bottom-Fishing Closure

An article from The Post and Courier about proposed regulations on red snapper fishing.

January 5, 2010

Editorial: Long Term Should Guide Red Snapper Regulations

An editorial from The Island Packet calling for regulators to look at long-term benefits when setting regulations on red snapper fishing.

January 4, 2010

Fishermen Reeling Over Red Snapper Fishing Ban

A radio broadcast from National Public Radio's All Things Considered about the ban on fishing red snapper.

January 4, 2010

Fishermen Reeling Over Red Snapper Fishing Ban

A radio broadcast from National Public Radio's All Things Considered about the ban on fishing red snapper.

December 11, 2009

Fishery Managers Approve Plan to Save Nine Species, Move Closer to Final Plan for Red Snapper

Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued a statement following the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's actions on Thursday.

December 4, 2009

Feds Ban Fishing for Red Snapper for Six Months

A St. Augustine Record article on the federal government's six-month ban on red snapper fishing quotes Holly Binns of the Pew Environment Group.

December 3, 2009

Statement on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Approval of the South Atlantic Short-Term Red Snapper Fishing Moratorium

Holly Binns, manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary’s approval of a six-month moratorium on red snapper fishing in federal South Atlantic waters from North Carolina to Florida.

 

October 27, 2009

Feds Weighing Unprecedented Fishing Closure

An article that appeared in the The Florida Times-Union about a potential ban on fishing for dozens of species of fish that could take place along a large swath of coast from Central Florida to Charleston, S.C. in order to protect a single species, the red snapper.

September 6, 2009

Sound Science Should Guide Gulf Fishing Limits

The question facing federal fishery managers is how many fish can be taken from the Gulf of Mexico without harming species and unbalancing the ecosystem.

September 2, 2009

Given Enough Time, Overfished Red Snapper Can Rebound

The scientific case for the red snapper recovery plan is based on careful research conducted during the last several years by some of the country’s best fishery scientists.

July 23, 2009

Statement on Representative Mica’s Red Snapper Legislation

Holly Binns, Project Manager for the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued the following statement in response to Rep. John Mica’s (R-Fla.) new legislation that would block a moratorium federal fisheries managers initially approved in March temporarily halting red snapper fishing from North Carolina to Florida.

June 5, 2009

Letter to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Regarding Amendment 17 to the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan

The Pew Environment Group's Ending Overfishing in the Southeast campaign provided recommendations to Chairman Duane Harris of the South Atlantic Fishery Council regarding the development of Amendment 17 to the South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan.

April 7, 2009

Letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Regarding State Consistency with Federal Gulf Grouper Regulations

Pew's Ending Overfishing in the Southeast campaign provided input to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regarding the proposed change to grouper regulations in the Gulf of Mexico.

March 22, 2009

Feds, Florida Anglers Battle Over Red-Snapper Ban

An Orlando Sentinel article reporting that the federal government could ban red-snapper fishing in the Atlantic for six months from Florida to North Carolina, to keep the population from being wholly depleted.

March 6, 2009

Fishery Council Approves Six-Month Ban on Red Snapper Fishing

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved the ban on a 7-6 vote in an attempt to allow red snapper stocks to recover. The piece quotes Holly Binns of the Pew Environment Group.

March 6, 2009

Snapper Ban Could Start in June

The Savannah Morning News reports that catching red snapper in local waters could become illegal as early as June under a temporary ban passed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

March 6, 2009

Ban on Fishing Snapper Off Southeast is Likely

An MSNBC article on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's vote in favor of a six-month ban on red snapper fishing off the southern Atlantic seaboard.

March 5, 2009

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Oral Comments on Red Snapper Interim Rule

Holly Binns, Manager of the Pew Environment Group’s Ending Overfishing in the Southeast Campaign, provides input to the South Atlantic Council regarding the proposed interim rule for red snapper.

March 5, 2009

Pew Environment Group Statement on Red Snapper Fishing Moratorium in the South Atlantic

Holly Binns, Project Manager for the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued this statement about the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s 7 to 6 vote to halt red snapper fishing for six months, with an optional six-month extension, in the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Florida.

March 2, 2009

Ban Could Stop Red Snapper Fishing off Southeastern Coast

Public Broadcasting Atlanta reports that the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is considering a six-month ban on red snapper fishing. The piece quotes Holly Binns of the Pew Environment Group.

February 27, 2009

Red Snapper Off the Menu? Atlantic Numbers Plunge

An op-ed by Holly Binns, published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, supporting a temporary halt to red snapper fishing by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

February 5, 2009

Statement on New Red Snapper Fishing Season In Gulf Of Mexico

Holly Binns, Project Manager for the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast, issued the following statement today about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s vote to change state fishing rules so the current mid-April through October red snapper fishing season in state waters is consistent with federal rules and the June through September season in federal waters.

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