There’s been a programme on UK TV over the last 6 weeks entitled “Deadliest Catch” which showed the exploits of these guys fishing for the Alaskan king crab in the Bering sea.
A truly fascinating series and I take my hat off to those guys, they earn every penny they make.
Fucking great crab pots, hundreds of them, have to be baited, slung over the side and after a while hauled back on board while 6 foot waves and wind batters the boats.
Absolutely no guarantees that the pots will be full, indeed at times just a couple of crabs were caught in one pot.
If luck is on their side they can make around $16,000 for about 4 days work which is roughly how long the season lasts…and these guys work 60-70 hours with just brief rests, hardly any sleep and just gulping down their food as quickly as possible and then back to hauling the crab pots on board.
I just hope the people who pay to eat their catch know just how dangerous the job is