Vibrant fish populations are dependent on healthy oceans. Protecting  marine ecosystems can help ensure bountiful seafood, productive fishing, and on-and-in-the-water enjoyment for generations to come. Our work emphasizes:

  • Habitat protections for dwindling fish species so they have safe havens to live and spawn.  Protected areas allow fish to grow bigger and reproduce more, which in turn provides healthy fish populations and more seafood and fishing opportunities.
  • A holistic approach to managing marine resources.  We work with fishery managers to move beyond regulating one species at a time to managing the impacts of fish and fishing on the larger marine ecosystems. We believe different regions require different rules. Ecosystem-based fisheries management will provide a healthier environment where marine life can thrive.
  • Protections for fish species that are often caught in large numbers but for which there are no safeguards in place, such as dolphin fish, wahoo, mackerel, and barracuda, as well as important prey species such as herring, ballyhoo, and mullet. Currently there are no federal rules for these species in this region even though they are commercially and recreationally fished.
  • The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: the nation’s fishing law that has guided several important fish species toward recovery.

Meet Our Team

Holly Binns

Director 

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.

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Yasmin Vélez-Sánchez

Manager

Yasmin Vélez-Sánchez manages Pew’s campaigns to conserve ocean resources, promote sustainable fishing practices, and transition to an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management in the U.S. Caribbean, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

She previously was the program director of Fundación Agenda Ciudadana, where she mobilized citizens to advance public policy on education, health, economic development, and the environment. She also organized workshops to facilitate citizen engagement in democratic processes. In addition, Vélez-Sánchez launched Puerto Rico’s first publication detailing legislative candidates’ positions on and perceptions of proposed changes to public education.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public relations from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. 

Orian Tzadik

Officer

Orian Tzadik is the science and policy officer for Pew’s campaigns to conserve ocean resources in the U.S. Caribbean, based in Rincón, Puerto Rico.

He previously was a research biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, collecting and analyzing fish community data to inform fishery management decisions. Tzadik was also the science officer for Global Vision International in Costa Rica and head of science for the organization in Mexico, a dive and science officer for Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, and a research assistant at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of South Florida.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin, a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and a doctorate in marine resource management from the University of South Florida.