[StBernard] Ms. Thu Bui Receives Gulf Guardian Award

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Jun 9 17:47:02 EDT 2011

Ms. Thu Bui Receives Gulf Guardian Award

(STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - June 9, 2011) - The Gulf of Mexico Program
recently announced that Ms. Thu Bui of New Iberia, Louisiana will receive
a Gulf Guardian Award for 2011 in the new Cultural Diversity/Environmental
Justice Category. The Awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the
Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting on August 3, 2011, beginning at 6 p.m. in
the Ballroom at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place in New Orleans.

During the days following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill event, there were
many people who rose to the occasion to help those people most impacted.
Among the thousands of state and federal employees and private sector
workers, one Vietnamese lady stands out among the crowd. Thu Bui is a
Marine Extension Agent with the LSU AgCenter and LA Sea Grant Program.
During the oil spill, she played a vital role in assisting fishermen and
especially the Vietnamese fishermen in their efforts to cope with the
crisis. Most of the offshore shrimp fleet and a large number of the crab
fishermen in that region are Asian-American. Her Vietnamese heritage and
her knowledge and experience in the fishing industry enabled Thu to sense
the needs of the fishermen and deliver culturally appropriate educational
programs. The fishermen in her region depend on word of mouth communication
rather than email, Face book or Twitter. That is why Thu spread the word
about meetings by visiting the docks and contacting key community leaders.
Over 400 commercial fishermen and their families in her region, both
Anglo-American and Vietnamese-American alike, were kept informed about the
Deepwater Horizon response and recovery issues in a timely, factual and
non-biased way. Besides her efforts related to the oil spill, Thu has been
involved with safety training programs for fishermen in conjunction with the
Texas Health Science Center. She also serves on a U.S. Coast Guard advisory
committee dealing with commercial fishing safety and environmental concerns.

The Gulf of Mexico Program initiated the Gulf Guardian awards in 2000 as a
way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals,
and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy,
beautiful and productive. A first, second, and third place awards are given
in seven categories: individual, business, youth environmental education,
civic/nonprofit organizations, cultural diversity/environmental justice,
partnership and bi-national efforts.

"The Gulf Guardian Award winners demonstrate great examples of collaborative
efforts leading to solutions that address the Gulf of Mexico environment,"
said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. "Their accomplishments are
making a positive difference in protecting and restoring the Gulf and EPA is
pleased to recognize their environmental stewardship."

The Gulf of Mexico Program began in 1988 to protect, restore, and maintain
the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in economically
sustainable ways. The Gulf of Mexico Program is underwritten by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and is a non-regulatory, inclusive
consortium of state and federal government agencies and representatives of
the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists,
environmentalists, and community leaders from all five Gulf States. The
Gulf Program seeks to improve the environmental health of the Gulf in
concert with economic development.

Gloria Car, Acting Director of the Gulf of Mexico Program said, "This is the
11th year of the Gulf Guardian Awards Program, and I am proud to say that
each year the winners in all categories have represented the very best of
environmental accomplishments in the Gulf of Mexico. The partnership of the
Gulf of Mexico Program works to improve the environmental health of the
Gulf, and the Gulf Guardian Awards is an important way for us to recognize
these valuable efforts. The 2011 award winners truly exemplify the
enthusiastic and committed citizens, communities, governments, and
businesses who address complex problems to improve, protect, and sustain our
regional and national treasure, the Gulf of Mexico.

Editor's Note: For more information about the Gulf Guardian Awards and the
Gulf of Mexico Program, call the Gulf of Mexico Program Office at
228-688-3726 or visit our web site at http://www.epa.gov/gmpo
<http://www.epa.gov/gmpo> .

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