A different kettle of fish : mental health strategies for Australian fishers, and farmers

King, Tanya, Kilpatrick, Sue, Willis, Karen and Speldewinde, Christopher 2015, A different kettle of fish : mental health strategies for Australian fishers, and farmers, Marine policy, vol. 60, pp. 134-140, doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.06.013.

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Title A different kettle of fish : mental health strategies for Australian fishers, and farmers
Author(s) King, TanyaORCID iD for King, Tanya orcid.org/0000-0001-7418-2343
Kilpatrick, Sue
Willis, Karen
Speldewinde, Christopher
Journal name Marine policy
Volume number 60
Start page 134
End page 140
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-10
ISSN 0308-597X
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Studies
International Relations
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Mental health
Summary Despite being typically represented and managed under the same policy umbrella, fishers face different challenges than do their farming counterparts. This paper unpacks the findings of research depicting poor levels of mental health and well-being among Australian commercial wild-catch fishers. The research is considered in the context of widespread acceptance that farmers tend to exhibit worse than average mental health outcomes due, at least in part, to the environmental uncertainties of climate change. In particular it is stressed that the insecurity of fishing concessions (quota and licenses), is a key driver of chronic livelihood insecurity, resulting in reports of stress, depression and suicide. A call is made for the separation of health research in the fishing and farming industries. Importantly, the role that tenure insecurity plays in the perpetuation of poor mental health among fishers should be acknowledged and addressed so that the fishing industry can maximize the strength of its human capital.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.06.013
Field of Research 0502 Environmental Science And Management
1606 Political Science
1801 Law
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
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