Eating seafood with a Deadliest Catch star: How to dodge angry crabs, certain death and fish jokes

I’ll never look at seafood the same way after chatting with legendary Alaskan king crab fisherman Edgar Hansen — engineer and deckhand of the acclaimed Northwestern fishing vessel and one of the stars of the documentary series Deadliest Catch, which is in the midst of its eighth season on the Discovery Channel.

In town for a special appearance at the West Marine boating store in Kemah over the weekend, Hansen and his wife Louise joined me for lunch at Goode Company Seafood off Kirby where I’d hear more about one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Not too surprisingly, he opted for shrimp gumbo and a grilled chicken salad rather than the stuffed crab platter.

“Knock on wood, seriously,” Hansen said, as he discussed the accident-prone work day on the Northwestern. “We run one of the safest boats in the Bering Sea, but stuff happens on a regular basis for fishermen out there.”


From CultureMap Houston By Tyler Rudick


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.

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