Discovery Channel’s emmy-nominated series “Deadliest Catch” returns tonight at 9 for the third season of crab fishing on the high seas.
Kodiak fisherman Shea Long, 24, is part of the documentary-style show as a crewmember on the 115-foot Time Bandit. He appears in the opilio episodes.
Long said a lot of exciting stuff happened on the Bering Sea, but he cannot reveal details before the show airs.
“It was a wild season — for both king crab and opilios,” he said. “The show is definitely going to be a good show for anybody that wants to watch it.
“Even for those who want to watch it and scold us, it’s going to be good.”
Not everyone in Kodiak is overjoyed about the show, he said.
Crab rationalization, with its high rate of job loss, left a bad taste in people’s mouths. There is bitterness toward people who still have their crab-fishing job.
“On top of that, some people think that most of (us) are going out just to be on TV. Especially at the bars, this is like a big deal. Fights break out all the time over it,” Long said.
“In Dutch Harbor we had fights break out over it,” he said. “It was ridiculous.”
The Time Bandit had to forego plans to look for the fishing vessel Big Valley, which sank Jan. 15, 2005.
“Time didn’t allow for that, but we did underwater pot shots. It was cool. Everyone will get to see the bottom of the Bering Sea. Up by Port Moller, it was pretty wild,” Long said.
Video cameras were permanently fixed in critical positions on the boats and continually recorded footage.
“They had one under the shelter deck, one up on the bow, one all the way up on the mast looking over the whole boat, one up in the wheelhouse fixed by the captain’s chair. (The camera crew) also had other ones they carried around by themselves,” Long said.
He said it took the camera crew about one week to get their “sea legs.”
The crew followed eight boats, five of which were in the previous “Deadliest Catch” episodes.
Mike Rowe, the host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” narrates the series.
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