Fishing community’s health and wellbeing needs to be at the centre of Brexit response – new report

A new report highlights the importance of protecting the wellbeing of Welsh fishing communities as they face up to the uncertainty and potential detrimental economic impact of Brexit.

The publication, co-authored by Public Health Wales and the Mental Health Foundation, identifies the health and wellbeing impacts of the many challenges and uncertainties facing fishing communities in Wales. These longstanding issues are likely to be further exacerbated by Brexit, bringing an extra source of stress to over 800 workers and their families.

The report calls for more action to prevent uncertainty occurring in the first place, to protect against the negative impact on mental wellbeing, and to promote health and wellbeing in Wales' fishing communities. Good health, the report argues, is critical to those working in the sector to maintain viable livelihoods for their families.