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