Fishermen paid to stop destructive bottom trawling off California, in a new twist to the Nature Conservancy's market-based approach to conservation.
This effort should help ocean bottom habitats recover, and support rebuilding of depleted bottom fish.
Famous for promoting conservation by buying land from willing sellers, the Nature Conservancy is getting wet and salty with a partner group Environmental Defense. The groups do not intend to end all fishing, when fish recover they hope to promote fishing using sustainable methods.
Buying conservation is more complicated in the ocean, here's to hoping that this approach works.