Occupational Health of Maritime and Oceanic Fishing Industries

Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
  • Guernsey, Judith R.


The hazardous working conditions encountered by those engaged in oceanic and maritime fishing have received relatively little attention. Fishers are at highly increased risk for drowning and work-related traumatic injuries. Asphyxiation, skin, gastric, and esophageal cancers, skin allergies and lesions, and exposure-related (sun, weather extremes) conditions have also been observed to be health concerns for fishers. Isolated working conditions, long shifts without sufficient rest, adverse weather, lack of formal safety training, inadequate personal protective equipment, and work-related stress have been attributed to increase the risks associated with fishing. The purpose of this review is to summarize the current literature related to the health impacts of occupational hazards in the fishing industries, and to highlight current intervention initiatives focused on improving these conditions.

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