Deadliest Catch Star Sig Hansen Opens Up About Returning to the Bering Sea at the Peak of the Pandemic

Deadliest Catch’s 17th season premiered on April 20, and in addition to warring with the Bering Sea and the dangers that come with crab fishing, the team also had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the show’s biggest stars, and the show’s technical consultant – F/V Northwestern Captain Sig Hansen – recently said in an interview that he felt “blessed” to start work even at the height of the pandemic, due to their work being deemed essential.

Boat Bound and Essential

“I’ve had friends that are on other fishing vessels…that literally did not leave their boats for eight to nine months, they could not step on land,” he told ABC over the phone.

“The state of Alaska, we went through our own COVID regulations. You’ve got federal, state, and then every [harbor] has its own set of regulations as well. So, quite honestly, we were so fortunate to be able to go out there and go to work, you know.”

Hansen then shared his enthusiasm on learning that a lot of people are still interested in following the show even after many seasons: “It’s been this snowball. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard families come up to me… ‘My grandson watches Deadliest Catch or my granddaughter or my mother or my father.’ It’s just a generational thing where I think families watch it together.”

“And I still think that’s a good thing, even though this is a dangerous factor in Deadliest Catch, you’ve got that work ethic all the guys have up there. I just think…that’s important for people to see.”

A Family Affair

After following in his father’s footsteps and fishing his whole life, the captain, who is also an entrepreneur and best-selling author, confirmed that he’s got no plans to quit his “day job”.

“Yeah, it’s an addiction, it’s in your blood,” Sig added.

Sig Hansen has been appearing in the reality television series Deadliest Catch for many years. He’s battled with the uncertainty and the dangers of the Bering Sea along with his crew many times in order to meet their yearly crab quota.

You can watch Deadliest Catch at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays on Discovery Channel.

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