At the start of the new season two new boats join the fleet. Elliott Neese has taken out a gigantic loan to buy his own boat, the Saga. But he is late arriving and the main fleet has already left. “Wild” Bill Wichrowski is now on the Cape Caution. The weather of season 8 left many boats stranded at the docks for major repairs. The Hillstrand brothers have spent over $1 million replacing the engines and hull on their boat. They are keen to get out and make some money to repay the loan. Keith Colburn has also invested heavily in refurbishing the Wizard. Meanwhile, Sig and Edgar Hansen have a vicious argument in the wheelhouse of the Northwestern over the latter’s preparations for blue crab season, which in Sig’s eyes were inadequate, whilst it is revealed that Jake Harris is still fighting his drug addiction and won’t be participating in the new season. His older brother Josh is still working for the Hillstrands on the Time Bandit – but is still pondering his ultimate goal of regaining control of his late father Phil Harris’s vessel the Cornelia Marie.
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.