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Recreational fishing, health and well-being: findings from a cross-sectional survey

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dc.contributor.author Pita, Pablo
dc.contributor.author Gribble, Matthew O.
dc.contributor.author Antelo, Manel
dc.contributor.author Ainsworth, Gillian
dc.contributor.author Hyder, Kieran
dc.contributor.author van den Bosch, Matilda A.
dc.contributor.author Villasante, Sebastián
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-24T07:01:01Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-24T07:01:01Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Pita P, Gribble MO, Antelo M, Ainsworth G, Hyder K, van den Bosch M, Villasante S. Recreational fishing, health and well-being: findings from a cross-sectional survey. Ecosystems and People. 2022;18(1):530-46. DOI: 10.1080/26395916.2022.2112291
dc.identifier.issn 2639-5916
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/54987
dc.description.abstract We evaluated the associations between marine recreational fishing, stress, seafood consumption, and sleep quality in a cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey of a convenience sample of 244 fishers recruited in 2019 in Spain. Fishers’ stress levels were moderate, with a mean stress index score of 36.4 units on a scale from 14 (very low stress) to 70 (very high). Their average emotional condition was positive, with a mean index of negative affect of 7.8 units on a scale from 5 (very low negative affect) to 25 (very high). Seafood intake was low, with a mean index of seafood in diets of 38.0 units on a scale from 20 (very low seafood consumption) to 160 (very high). Fishers’ perceived quality of night sleep was good because the mean index of sleep problems was 39.5 units on a scale from 21 (very low sleep problems) to 107 (very high). Each hour of self-reported monthly fishing activity was associated with 0.016 units of lower stress score. Thus, the most engaged fishers reported up to 15.4% lower stress score than less avid fishers. Since recreational fishing is a highly accessible outdoor activity for people in older age groups, it is possible that public health could be improved by access to sustainably managed recreational fisheries. Fishing engagement was positively associated with seafood intake. Each hour of fishing per month was associated with one-unit higher seafood consumption. The higher seafood consumption observed among avid recreational fishers compared with less avid fishers might have health implications.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartof Ecosystems and People. 2022;18(1):530-46
dc.rights © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Recreational fishing, health and well-being: findings from a cross-sectional survey
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/26395916.2022.2112291
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