Commercial sector research

Health and safety attitudes and behaviours of the fishing industry.

Health and safety surveys

Together with key sector and industry stakeholders, WorkSafe NZ designs and implements interventions and programmes which aim to significantly reduce workplace fatalities and harm. Maritime NZ fulfills similar functions for maritime activities, including commercial fishing.

To carry out these functions, WorkSafe NZ and Maritime NZ need to have a clear understanding of the attitudes and behaviours of both workers and employers towards health and safety.

Industry surveys

WorkSafe NZ and Maritime NZ are interested in finding out about how attitudes and behaviours are changing over time and how they vary by industry. To do this, these agencies have funded comprehensive surveys of health and safety attitudes and behaviours amongst a number of high risk industries, including commercial fishing.


Commercial fishing operators and workers were asked to complete a nation-wide Health and Safety Survey. That survey has now closed and Nielsen, the research company conducting the survey for WorkSafe NZ and Maritime NZ, are now analysing the results. The results will be available on the Maritime NZ website later in 2018 (currently estimated to be July/August).

2014 Commercial Fishing Sector Research

2014 survey of attitudes and behaviours[PDF: 4MB, 207 pages]