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Nature Group Attempts to Buy Out Calif. Fishermen

The Nature Conservancy, long known for its habit of buying environmentally sensitive lands and putting them off limits to development, has thrown itself into the ocean.

The Conservancy is buying fishing permits owned by central California fishermen, and then either retires them or leases them back with "no destructive fishing" strings attached.

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John Nielsen
John Nielsen covers environmental issues for NPR. His reports air regularly on NPR's award-winning news magazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. He also prepares documentaries for the NPR/National Geographic Radio Expeditions series, which is heard regularly on Morning Edition. Nielsen also occasionally serves as the substitute host for several NPR News programs.