Nick Rauber, DDS, combines his dental career at the Aesthetic Dentistry Group with his role as the director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, a fundraising event in Grand Isle, Louisiana. On top of these pursuits, Dr. Nicholas Rauber contributes to a wide range of charitable organizations in his community, including the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).
The CCA is dedicated to the conservation of marine resources through various advocacy efforts, educational initiatives, and preservation projects. In Louisiana, the CCA most recently started construction on an artificial reef system designed to safeguard seafloor depressions that were caused by the dominant current around Ship Shoal 26, which is locally referred to as “the Pickets.”
The Pickets Reef will incorporate an estimated 14,000 tons of limestone across three artificial reefs that were specifically engineered for the project. The artificial reef will provide protection to the scour holes and create extra habitat for the surrounding marine life, while ensuring that the site will be an enjoyable fishing reef for future generations.
CCA Louisiana launched the $1.2 million project in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Artificial Reef Trust Fund, Fieldwood Energy, and Apache Corporation. According to the CCA, the Pickets Reef is the 14th reef CCA Louisiana has built since 2004, and the 10th reef funded by the Artificial Reef Trust Fund and CCA Louisiana.