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Agriculture agency refutes CDC report

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - Citing a lack of empirical evidence, the Guam Department of Agriculture says a recent report released by the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council does not demonstrate a direct link between the establishment of marine preserves on Guam and the drowning rate of fishermen. The study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health asserts that risk of drowning for Chamorro or indigenous fisherman has more than doubled since marine preserves were enforced in 2001.

DOA believes the study failed, among many other things, failed to consider multiple variables in their study for example surf, current, and time of day to name a few. The agency also notes that some of the fishing fatalities cited in the study occurred in areas that eventually became marine preserves.

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