02:47 PM EDT 06/26/2015
Originally posted 06/22/2015 03:30PM
Amy Majors is joining Deadliest Catch this season as the first woman on the ship's crew. While Majors, 28, is the sole female on board, she's no stranger to the seafaring lifestyle – as a third-generation fisher, she boarded her first vessel when she was only 10 hours old.
"[Fishing's] in my blood," she tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 06/24/2014 06:30AM
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Originally posted 06/11/2014 10:30AM
When it comes to the family business of crab fishing in the Bering Sea, captain Sig Hansen couldn't keep his 18-year-old daughter at bay anymore.
Originally posted 05/05/2014 10:30AM
If there's one of Tori Spelling's former Beverly Hills, 90210 costars who isn't tuning into her dramatic True Tori docureality series, it's most likely Luke Perry.
"I think reality TV sucks for the most part," the veteran actor, 47, said when he sat down with PEOPLE last week.
"It's put so many writers out of business and put so many actors out of work that it's changed the face of entertainment. As a guy who has grown up making his living making primetime television – get that reality s––– out of here and give more writers and actors a chance to make shows that people will watch."
Originally posted 05/01/2012 08:45PM
The cameras document the highs and lows of crab fishing on Deadliest Catch – but there are things even the camera can't quite capture for viewers.
"A few things that the camera doesn't see are smells. Smells are the big thing," says Captain Scott Campbell Jr., one of the Discovery Channel show's newest and youngest stars, who describes the stench of dead fish and sweaty, un-showered deckhands as the worst offenders.
Oh, and the true sensation of being constantly thrown up and down by the enormous waves on the Bering Sea is also hard to convey on screen. "The waves, when you're going up and down, 40-feet up and down," says Captain Johnathan Hillstrand. "[Viewers] don't know that feeling."
Originally posted 04/10/2012 02:30PM
The eighth season premiere of Deadliest Catch opens with something viewers rarely see – the fishermen at home.
Wise-cracking tough guy Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand of the Time Bandit shares a tearful embrace with his toddler granddaughter before heading out for another dangerous season of crab fishing. Edgar Hansen watches his kids swinging and laments the quick passage of time.
"The lifestyles we lead on these boats, it becomes such a cycle. I can't believe my kids are as old as the are," says Hansen, 41. "I can't believe I'm as old as I am."
Originally posted 05/24/2011 04:55PM
Are Josh and Jake Harris at their breaking point on Deadliest Catch?
All season long, the ghost of their late father, Captain Phil Harris, has haunted the crew of the Cornelia Marie. Relief captain Derrick Ray, who is helming the boat this season, has been trying to chart his own course. But when low crab numbers caused morale to sink, temperatures rise on Tuesday's episode.
"A lot of the other boats struggled, too," Jake Harris tells PEOPLE, "but we didn't really pan out with what we were trying to do, so it was financially, physically and emotionally a really hard season on Josh and me."
In addition to disappointing fishing, "just showing up back to the boat for the first time without the old man and [having] somebody like Derrick running the boat," was rough on the two brothers, says Jake.
Originally posted 02/23/2011 03:40PM
Justin Tennison's crewmates on Deadliest Catch are paying tribute to the 34-year-old fisherman, who was found dead in an Alaska hotel room this week.
"It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member Justin Tennison," the vessel's crew posted on its Web site. "Justin died peacefully in his sleep."
Originally posted 02/09/2011 02:20PM
On Feb. 9, 2010, Phil Harris, the captain of the Cornelia Marie and one of the stars of Discovery's Deadliest Catch, died at the age of 53 from complications following a stroke while off-loading crab nine days before.
A year later, Harris's fellow fishermen say the Bering Sea is a bit lonelier without him.
"Something is definitely missing," Northwestern captain Sig Hansen tells PEOPLE. "You can feel it everyday out here. There's no more fun radio chatter among the boats. Phil was known for his colorful commentary about storms, crew life – whatever was on his mind."
Originally posted 10/08/2010 04:15PM
It's back on board for three captains from Deadliest Catch.
Sig Hansen and bothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand, who had threatened to leave the popular adventure reality series, say they've resolved their differences with Discovery.
"We're happy we worked everything out with Discovery," the trio say in a statement. "A deal's a deal. We're heading up to Dutch Harbor to start filming the new season of Deadliest Catch and hopefully it will be the best one yet."
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