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Mapping the risky decision space of commercial rock lobster fisherman


Brooks, BP, Mapping the risky decision space of commercial rock lobster fisherman, International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 7, (2) pp. 248-262. ISSN 1466-8297 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1504/IJRAM.2007.011737


This article explores how commercial rock lobster fishermen from a small fishing town in South Eastern Australia make decisions about two important issues: whether to fish on a particular day and when to wear a life jacket. The analysis of the decisions integrates personal, social and cultural factors into a display of the fishermen's 'decision-space'. The outcome of these decisions has the potential to minimise their exposure to extreme weather events and to reduce the risk of drowning after a fall overboard. By understanding the intimate nature of these decision-making processes, it is more likely that successful occupational injury prevention interventions can be implemented to improve the decision-making process. Copyright © 2007 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture rock lobster
UTAS Author:Brooks, BP (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:63554
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2010-05-11
Last Modified:2010-05-11

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