Building resilience in the fishing sector in Wales

As the UK journeys towards leaving the European Union (EU), there remains considerable uncertainty for the fishing industry, fishermen and coastal communities in Wales.

Periods of significant uncertainty can have detrimental impact on health and well-being. During these times, it is of considerable importance to both understand and address underlying causes of anxiety and distress, alongside supporting the health and mental well-being of those most likely to be affected.

This report aims to develop a framework to support the mental health and well-being of fishermen at times of uncertainty, and consider how it could be translated into action. To achieve this, we combined a review of the international literature from the past ten years with the collective views of thirteen stakeholders from across the fishing sector in Wales.

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Note: This research programme was undertaken within the context of the UK leaving the EU. The findings reflect the evidence and views at a point in time before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many of the uncertainties and challenges identified are longstanding issues facing fishermen in Wales, that have the potential to be further exacerbated by Brexit and COVID-19. The approaches outlined for supporting mental health and well-being remain timely and relevant to today’s context.

Key findings

The report draws out the key uncertainties and challenges faced by fishermen and fishing communities in Wales; and outlines preventative approaches for protecting against health impacts and promoting mental health and well-being, to strengthen resilience.

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