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Rauch Letter to the FAO

Rauch Letter to the FAO 1908 852 GSFR

Based on feedback from the Seas of Change Conference and several organizations, The Rauch drafted a letter to Manuel Barange, Director of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Division. The letter urges the FAO to exclude carnivorous fish farming from its sustainable aquaculture guidelines.

05.05.2024
LETTER BY RAUCH FOUNDATION


Letter to the FAO, Rauch Foundation

With feedback from last month’s Seas of Change Conference attendees, along with Don’t Cage Our Oceans, Katheti, the Rauch Foundation, and Grace Communications Foundation, we have put together the attached letter to Manuel Barange, Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Fisheries and Aquaculture Division. We are urging the FAO to exclude carnivorous fish farming from its position in sustainable aquaculture.

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1. In the marine waters of the Northwest, these orca whales prey exclusively on fish—and not just any fish: salmon, and preferentially Chinook, the biggest salmon in the Pacific. In this, these orcas (sometimes called Southern Residents) have plenty in common with some of the other longtime native residents of this place: the Lummi Nation.

2. In the Lummi language, the local orcas are called Qwe ‘lhol mechen.

3. When the Lummi first came to this Douglas fir and cedar cloaked land and its glacially carved bays and inlets, the Southern Residents were here to greet them.