Q-and-A With Captain Sig From ‘The Deadliest Catch’

Itemizer-Observer staff reporter Craig Coleman interviewed Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern, of the “Deadliest Catch” on Monday by telephone from his Seattle home. Here are highlights from their question-and-answer session:

The show is now finishing its eighth season. Why do you believe it’s clicked with viewers?

It snowballed and we never expected it to become what it has, I don’t think (Discovery Channel) expected it. I think people are just in awe over the work ethic of the guys and the conditions that they have to work in. There’s the competition angle (between boats) as the years have progressed and I think people are actually fond now of the people on the program. People feel like they know you; anywhere I go, people will say `Hi!’ and I don’t know if they’re a friend or a fan.

How do you think Deadliest Catch has impacted the crab fishing industry as a whole?

You can’t buy this kind of advertising for your fleet. The price of crab has never been so high, which is good for us … when my dad started fishing, they were getting 8 or 9 cents a pound for crab; we saw more than $11 per pound for king crab last year. And I think people have a greater appreciation for how the food gets to their table and there’s a greater respect for all fishermen. It’s popular all over the world, I mean, there are like 200 countries watching the show. I think the blue-collar guy has finally gotten his credit, too, not just us, but anybody who’s a working stiff.


From Polkio.com By Craig Coleman


About Laura Dicharia

An avid fan of Deadliest Catch I've been watching since the pilot episode. A member of the F/V Northwestern Forums since 2008, I was asked to come on board as a Moderator in 2011.


  1. You guys really get me on the edge of my seat sometimes. Great show. Stay Safe Sig!

  2. darkprincessmelly says:

    When I kiss my children goodbye and go to work I do not have to worry about coming home alive. The crew of the Northwestern does. In the last episode it was crystal clear by the looks on the crews faces that if they had not gotten the problem with the slack tank fixed immediately they would sink. I so admired that they didn’t panic but instead worked to fix the problem. That is why I watch the show, to see men act the way I think most men use to act when our country was young and just settling. I also couldn’t help but think what would have happened if the slack tank problem had occurred when Edgar took his time off last season? Would the problem have been found and fixed in time? His experience with the boat is invaluable.

  3. I like the show but it does get a bit redundant.  Bitching Captain yelling to crew to work smarter and harder, waves come over the top, ice forms, minor physical injury, catch the crab, and a small human story.  Or trade off one of those listed for boat repair at sea. Every single time.  Mix it up a bit.

    • Robert N: You have to keep in mind that this is their lives. It’s repetitive sure. Every day they work on the seas trying to stay alive, and here we are watching the show for our personal enjoyment. If you want to see excitement then I would suggest seeing a movie. Any excitement on this show is generally not a good thing and ends in people getting hurt. Get life-flighted off aboat is cool to watch, but how much fun was it for that deckhand who lost part of his finger this season? I think not very much. This show SHOULD be more like a documentary of their life’s work, not a soap opera.

  4. I will be going up to Seattle in March hope to see you there!!!!!

  5. gypsyme2 says:

    Love the Show, love the guys! Wouldn’t miss it!  Only thing is, most of the blue collar workers I know could never afford to buy the crab, sadly……

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