According to The Cordova Times, a study of commercial fishermen designed to develop health risk appraisal protocols examined health issues such as sleep. fatigue, and hearing loss.

Dr. Debra Cherry returned to Cordova earlier this week to present results from a commercial fishing health survey conducted this summer. Cherry is an Associate Professor and Director of the Occupational Medicine Training Program at the University of Washington.

“This pilot is one of the first studies of its kind in the United States,” said Cherry. The primary goals of the study were to develop health risk appraisal protocols unique to commercial fishermen; to characterize chronic health issues and health status of Copper River commercial fishermen; and to develop an appraisal and exam protocols that could be used as a pre-season assessment of commercial fishermen.

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