“Deadliest Catch” returns Tuesday night April 11 on Discovery, and as we’ve seen in most of the network’s shows centered in Alaska, the Klondike and the Bering Sea, climate change is making people crazy. In the sneak peek of the season premiere posted below, Keith orders all crab pots removed from the water when they contain nothing, zero, nada that is usable.
Discovery has set the tone, because this isn’t a one-off situation. It’s coloring the entire new season of “Deadliest Catch”. Here’s the network’s explanation of drama to come.
“…the crabs have seemingly vanished – igniting a grueling hunt to save the fleet’s way of life. After a massive temperature spike in the Bering Sea, traditional fishing hot spots are now coming up empty. And the situation leaves everyone in the fleet – veterans and greenhorns alike – wondering what can be done to save the season?”
Captain Sig Hansen says he’s worried about the situation at hand. “The fleet is going to need to go further and deeper. Nobody is going to take away a fishermen’s way of life. I can guarantee you that this fleet will not quit… But we’re always fearful that this will be our last year.”
With Hansen having survived the kind of heart attack that kills more than it allows to live, he’d be lying if he said he hadn’t given more thought to getting out of the business. He’s a grandpa now and the climate change developments will only get worse, not better. He’s not the only old-timer ready for a swan song.
Captain Johnathan Hillstrand thought he’d go out with a bang after 37 years at this game. Already held up in port doing repairs to the ship, he’s getting a late start. If he didn’t already have what he needed for a comfortable retirement, he might need to put the brakes on those plans.
“Deadliest Catch” airs its new season Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. Video/image credit: Discovery Communications, used with permission