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TPWD News Release — May 22, 2014

Maria Araujo Presented with U.S. Coast Guard Partners Pride Award Thursday

AUSTIN— Texas Parks and Wildlife’s International Affairs Director Maria Araujo was named the recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Partners Pride Award.

The award was presented at the Thursday public hearing of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission by TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith, TPWD Commission Chairman Dan Hughes Jr. and Assistant Commander Cody Jones.

In 2013, the U.S.C.G. Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety began a project to create a Spanish language boat accident reporting form to successfully acquire accident data from a growing population of Spanish speaking boaters.

A boating safety specialist with the Coast Guard reached out to Asst. Commander Jones for help with the project and he employed the assistance of Araujo.

She reviewed the translation of the boating accident form a couple of times and as a result, the Coast Guard was able to reach out to the Spanish-speaking population of boaters and collect data for safety research that will be used nationwide.