Mental Health and the Modern Fisherman


There isn’t a lot of direct data on mental health within commercial fishing communities, but the research that is available paints a grim picture. In the United States, commercial fishermen, often grouped with workers in agriculture, forestry, and hunting industries, show suicide rates double the national average and workplace fatalities 29 times higher than average.

Editorial illustration for “Mental Health and the Modern Fisherman” by Christina Couch, Hakai Magazine. Ink on illustration board with digital coloring.