The crews of the ships set all of their crab pots and waited to retrieve them up. The greenhorns started to feel fatigued after only one night. The Northwestern greenhorn, Bradford, was unnerved by the sight of his first king crab-“they look like aliens,” he observed-but was corrected by deck boss Edgar Hansen: “They’re gorgeous! Look just like giant dollar bills!” Some ships started catching lots of crabs immediately-the Northwestern had two “riders” on pots kept in underwater storage to add to their tanks before even pulling their first official pots-while others experienced problem after problem with both equipment and finding the crab.
Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow crab and bairdi crab fishing seasons.
The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the base of operations for the fishing fleet. The show's title derives from the inherent high risk of injury or death associated with the work.
Deadliest Catch premiered on the Discovery Channel on April 12, 2005, and currently airs in over 200 countries. The first season consisted of ten episodes, with the finale airing on June 14, 2005. Subsequent seasons have aired on the same April to June or July schedule every year since the original 2005 season. The 12th season premiered on March 29, 2016.