Discovery Channel Embarks on Death-Defying Mission in DEADLIEST CATCH
- Alaskan Crab-Wranglers Encounter Most Dangerous Working Conditions
in New 10-Part Series Premiering in April -
SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 13 -- Forty-foot waves. Eighty
mile-per-hour winds. Seven-hundred-pound crab pots slamming against the deck.
A nearly 100% injury rate. But a bounty big enough to drive mere mortals to
this treacherous work year after year. It's the world's deadliest job --
where a man could die every week -- the most macho of manly occupations: the
Alaskan crab fisherman. In April, Discovery Channel premieres a new 10-part
series, featuring the wild and treacherous life of the crab fisherman in
Deep in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea lurks one of the most sought
after prizes in the world, the highly coveted and lucrative Alaska King Crab.
Each year, a fleet of 250+ boats spreads out across the sea, awaiting the
official harvesting season. It could be four days in length or as many as
twelve. Yet these rogue fishermen won't know until the voice of the Alaska
Department of Fish and Game crackles across their radios to announce the
beginning and end of the race. This uncertainty results in crewmembers
pulling 20-hour shifts in sub-freezing weather, exposed to the harsh elements
on a slick deck pitching to and fro. The harried, exhausted crew pursues only
one purpose: catching as many King Crabs as possible before the season
authorities come back over the radio, and the season abruptly ends.
This dramatic ten-part series will document the end of an era -- what
veteran crab fishermen are calling "The Last Rodeo." Because many believe
this race against the clock contributes to the high injury and mortality rate,
the frenzied world of crab fishing as they have always known it will soon
change forever. After this year, Alaskan authorities will eliminate the
traditional time element from crab fishing. A simple, slowed down seasonal
quota system will go into effect and the ticking clock of crab fishing will be
silenced. DEADLIEST CATCH takes viewers on one last voyage during the final
perilously abbreviated season.
Why do men risk life and limb every season? Perhaps it's because crab
fishing in the Bering Sea is thought to be one of the last great gold rushes
on earth. In a good year, an experienced deck hand working a short eight-week
period can bring home almost $50,000. But the potential to make big money
fast brings with it an all too often tragic consequence: crushed fingers,
crippled hands, cracked ribs, broken feet and even men overboard. Those are
on-the-job hazards where death is more common than in any other occupation in
DEADLIEST CATCH is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions.
Thom Beers is executive producer. For Discovery Channel, David McKillop is
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