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The award-winning series is back for a landmark 11th season on Discovery Channel - and it promises to be as momentous as ever before.
King Crab season kicks off with a 12 million pound Bairdi quota increase that causes a Derby style fishing frenzy; a boat is stolen the night before launch; and the unlikeliest of alliances is born.
Also, as the 800-mile Super-Typhoon Nuri begins to close in, Captains make hard choices to save their seasons – and the stakes are greater than ever.
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On the brutal Bering Sea, in the depths of the Alaskan winter, a special breed of men and women head out in search of one of the most lucrative catches in the world.
King crab is their quarry; its succulent meat heading for the finest dining rooms across the world. Each haul can make tens of thousands of dollars for the captain and crew, all that they have to contend with is the danger.
Statistically, Alaskan crab fishing is one of the most, if not the most, dangerous jobs in the world. There are 300 deaths per 100,000, which is 150% the rate for pilots and loggers – the two next most hazardous occupations. And that doesn’t include crippling injuries they can face working with heavy equipment and pots that can weigh up to a ton when full of crab.
RAGE AGAINST THE STORM
Add numb hands because of the cold and numb minds because of the days at sea with little rest – the season only lasts between two and four weeks every year, so the boats have only this window to try and make their quota.
The names of these boats and their captains have become legendary in the port of Dutch Harbor: Cornelia Marie, Northwestern, Time Bandit and the Wizard, Sig Hansen, Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, Keith Colburn and the late great Phil Harris.
The long shadow of Captain Phil Harris stretches like a Bering Sea storm over the Dutch Harbor fleet in the new season of Deadliest Catch. Especially over his sons, Josh and Jake, as they take over co-ownership of the Cornelia Marie. So will they step up, settle their differences and co-captain the Marie together – as the Hillstrand brothers have – or will salty water prove thicker than blood?
Also this year, two new skippers join the veteran fleet and battle lines are immediately drawn. Aging warriors, Captain Sig Hansen, on the Northwestern, the Hillstrand brothers on the Time Bandit, Skipper Bill on the Kodiak, and Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard find their crab grounds invaded by 36-year-old Scott Cambell aka ‘Junior’ who helms the fast, powerful, Seabrooke and 28-year-old Elliot Neese, who runs a rusting, "floating frat-house" called the Ramblin' Rose. These cocky young skippers are determined to stake their claim to the Bering Sea crab bounty - but soon learn that "old age and treachery" is a force to be reckoned with…
Strap on those sea legs and head out into the 50 foot waves in search of the Deadliest Catch.