Depression hooks fishers
WORKERS in the fishing industry endure levels of psychological distress almost double that of the general population, an Australian study has found.
Of almost 1000 commercial fishers in a Deakin University survey, 19 per cent were battling depression, compared with the national rate of 10 per cent.
Anthropologist Dr Tanya King said the results were confronting but not surprising after years of anecdotal evidence of depression, anxiety and suicide among fishers.
Many respondents felt their work was “culturally undervalued”, the research found.