Towards integration of environmental and health impact assessments for wild capture fishing and farmed fish with particular reference to public health and occupational health dimensions

Watterson, A., Little, D., Young, J.A., Boyd, K., Azim, E. and Murray, F. (2008) Towards integration of environmental and health impact assessments for wild capture fishing and farmed fish with particular reference to public health and occupational health dimensions. International Journal of Enviromental Health Research, 5(4), pp. 258-277. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph5040258)

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Abstract

The paper offers a review and commentary, with particular reference to the production of fish from wild capture fisheries and aquaculture, on neglected aspects of health impact assessments which are viewed by a range of international and national health bodies and development agencies as valuable and necessary project tools. Assessments sometimes include environmental health impact assessments but rarely include specific occupational health and safety impact assessments especially integrated into a wider public health assessment. This is in contrast to the extensive application of environmental impact assessments to fishing and the comparatively large body of research now generated on the public health effects of eating fish. The value of expanding and applying the broader assessments would be considerable because in 2004 the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports there were 41,408,000 people in the total ‘fishing’ sector including 11,289,000 in aquaculture. The paper explores some of the complex interactions that occur with regard to fishing activities and proposes the wider adoption of health impact assessment tools in these neglected sectors through an integrated public health impact assessment tool.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyd, Dr Kathleen
Authors: Watterson, A., Little, D., Young, J.A., Boyd, K., Azim, E., and Murray, F.
Subjects:S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Enviromental Health Research
Publisher:Molecular Diversity Preservation International
ISSN:1660-4601
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 Molecular Diversity Preservation International
First Published:First published in International Journal of Enviromental Health Research 5(4):258-277
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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