A longtime resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nicholas “Nick” Rauber, DDS, serves as a dentist with Aesthetic Dentistry Group and as the founding director of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo. He concurrently sits on the board of directors for a number of professional and academic organizations. Dr. Nick Rauber is also an active board member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), a nonprofit comprised of more than 100,000 anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.
In December 2016, the CCA joined a number of American sportfishing organizations to respond to a recent petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). After conducting in-depth research into the issue, these organizations submitted a response to the West Coast regional administrator of the NOAA Fisheries/National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington.
Citing recent scientific data that indicates the global Pacific bluefin tuna population is stable and slowly rebuilding, the response ultimately determined that the species is at no current risk of becoming extinct. In short, while the Pacific bluefin tuna faces multiple environmental threats, none of these threats nor their combined cumulative impact is likely to lead to complete species extinction in the foreseeable future.