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Sea Grant Agents Honored for Outreach Programs
Posted: 2/28/05

Commended for their groundbreaking outreach and educational work with underserved communities, Louisiana Sea Grant extension agents Mark Schexnayder and Albert P. “Rusty” Gaudé III were presented the Diversity in Programming Award by the LSU AgCenter on Feb. 11, 2005. Among their efforts that drew praise were programs for Vietnamese commercial fishermen and metropolitan residents.

Partnerships between Louisiana Sea Grant Extension and the Vietnamese community, spearheaded by Schexnayder and Gaudé, helped bridge language and cultural barriers and resulted in Vietnamese fishermen gaining a better understanding of regulations, safety issues and fisheries management matters. Through town hall-style meetings where an interpreter was provided, Vietnamese fishermen were given a unique opportunity to interact in their own language with officials.

The Urban Fisheries Initiative Schexnayder and Gaudé organized resulted in restoration and enhancements to City Park Lake in New Orleans and Lafreniere Park Lake in Metairie. Along with improving the health of both water bodies, the program increased urban angler access and use and promoted better stewardship of the lakes by their users.

Visit http://www.lsuagcenter.com/news for more information on the LSU AgCenter’s Annual Diversity Conference and awards program.

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