Environmental Initiatives

Holly Binns

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

Holly Binns

Email: hbinns@pewtrusts.org


Holly Binns joined Pew in 2008 and directs 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.

News Room

  • Comments Regarding Gulf Menhaden and the Establishment of Appropriate Biological Reference Points and Management Goals

    • Oct. 10, 2013
    • OtherResource

    On Oct. 10, 2013, Holly Binns, director, U.S. oceans, Southeast, sent the following letter to the Menhaden Advisory Committee of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission regarding the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review 32A for Gulf menhaden and the establishment of appropriate biological reference points and management goals. More

  • Pew Works for Abundant Fish and Healthy Oceans

    • Sep. 26, 2013
    • Opinion

    Holly Binns and Chad Hanson respond to a Sept. 12, 2013 column published on Tallahasee.com. More

  • Testimony to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council at the Public Hearing for Amendment 39 to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan

    • Aug. 12, 2013
    • OtherResource

    On August 12, 2013, Sharon McBreen of Pew's Gulf of Mexico fish conservation campaign, spoke to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council regarding regional management of red snapper. More

  • Testimony to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

    • Apr. 18, 2013
    • OtherResource

    On Thursday, April. 18, 2013, Pew's Sharon McBreen spoke before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council in support of investigating new ways to manage recreational fisheries that allow for more fishing opportunities while keeping the catch within science-based limits. More

  • Course Correction: Saving Black Sea Bass After Decades of Failure

    • Apr. 15, 2013
    • FactSheet

    Thirty years ago, scientists discovered fishermen were catching black sea bass faster than the fish could reproduce. Continued overfishing drove the species to dangerously low levels in U.S. South Atlantic waters. The problem persisted because of lax rules that delayed protections. But the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act’s recent requirements for prompt action finally helped this species recover.


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