posted on Jun, 3 2007 @ 02:46 PM
Speaking as someone who has been there, done that...it's not the inexperienced fishermen that die, it's the poor guy who is in the wrong spot when
that rogue 30' wave, or bigger, comes roaring over the bow with little or no warning.
The job is, at best dangerous, at worst its lethal. In the 15 plus years I worked the fishing industry, I lost many friends to the wrong place at the
wrong time...even now almost eleven years since my last trip on a boat to the grounds, I hear familiar names lost overboard and not recovered.
The show is accurate in its depiction of the work involved, and some of the dangers. What it can't portray, though it tries, is the sheer exhaustion
and pain involved in crabbing.
With the advent of the quota system for Opilio, and I believe, King Crab the old days are over. The large corporate boats will now dominate the
scene. The F/V Northwestern, of Deadliest Catch fame, is largely a corporate boat, Sig; an old friend of mine by the bye, runs the boat for Trident
Seafoods out of Seattle; or at least did the last I heard. No, the old days are over. And a part of me is sad, the other part of me says its a
neccessary step to preserve the Alaskan biomass in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Unless you've been in the industry, you've really no idea how
much damage has been done, it's not too late to rectify the situation but its very close.
The show is actually, as I said, a fair representation.