Category Archives: Crabbing History

Crab Rationalization: A perspective from an Alaskan

Crab Rationalization is the change in crab fishing regulations that took place in 2005. For “Deadliest Catch” fans, season one was the last crab fishing season of “Derby” style fishing, where fishing vessels and crews literally raced out unto the … Continue reading

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Crab Fishing finally safer…but still deadly

Because of the 2007 King crab season opening on Monday, October 15th, several articles have popped up recently on crab fishing, safety, and crab rationalization. Wesley Loy of the Anchorage Daily News has written a fairly detailed one outlining the … Continue reading

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For Die Hard Fans: Video on History of king crab fishing in the Bering Sea

Prior to Deadliest Catch, America’s Deadliest Season, and Deadliest Jobs, films made about King crab fishing in the Bering sea were few and far between.  One of those few has been posted on Youtube.  It offers plenty of king crab history but without … Continue reading

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King Crab

source: TIME, April 7th, 1967  Nine miles off Alaska’s Kachemak Bay, Skipper Gene Cameron and his two crewmen maneuvered the 40-ft. Kathy C. along a string of buoys and hauled crab pots, one at a time, from the bottom, 100 … Continue reading

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Frozen King

source: TIME, Aug 4th, 1947 Into Bellingham, Wash, from its maiden voyage last week chugged a sturdy 140-ft. trawler with a new kind of catch. In the Deep Sea’s hold, frozen and packaged, were 150,000 pounds of king crab, the first … Continue reading

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Baron of the Brine

source: TIME, Nov 4th, 1946 (the first big floating fish cannery owned by the U.S. Government.) In Seattle’s sprawling Todd Drydocks, workmen this week put the finishing touches on a strange vessel. On its flush deck were a twin-motored seaplane and … Continue reading

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