Substantial progress has been made in Alaska's most hazardous industry through the thoughtful application of the public health model. Surveillance, training, intervention, and evaluation of progress provide a useful blueprint for prevention of similar deaths elsewhere in the United States. NIOSH plans to continue to support the safety of the commercial fishing industry by assisting with research and evaluation of interventions in the areas of preventing vessel losses, fatalities, and severe injuries. NIOSH will strive for strong surveillance and thorough data gathering so that we can better understand the issues, mitigate the worst problems, and identify emerging hazards. Our efforts are most effective through collaboration, and we look forward to continuing our partnerships with fishermen, industry, USCG, and marine safety organizations. Commercial fishing continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in our country; however, progress has been made in saving lives since the passage of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988. Fishermen and all stakeholders should be complimented for these efforts. NIOSH looks forward to continuing our work with stakeholders to improve safety for fishing vessel workers.