I worked up in Dutch Harbor in the 90's for a few months when I took a quarter off from college, I worked as a greenhorn on a similar Pollock/Cod boat with Steve who is the Engineer on the Cornelia Marie and was the engineer on my boat.
I'm a big fan of the show and can tell you there is not much B.S. to it. The work those guys do is dangerous with very long hours of back breaking work in the worst weather (20 hour days with 15 minute break to eat is common), and the personalities of most of those guys is just as you see on the show, making money is the top priority and respect is earned via hard work and not via BSing.
Most of those guys work their butt off for that good money, but they blow most of it when they get home (work hard, party hard) and most of them have divorces and broken families due to the 9 months away from home each year. The danger is real, one of the partner boats next to the one I was on, had someone get their arm amputated from an accident while we were fishing as the net was being pulled in and the guy driving the crane wasn't paying attention, we heard it on the radio and I saw the Coast Guard copter come in to lift the guy off the boat and rush him to the ER back on land.
I enjoyed the adventure for that quarter but it reminded me of a very very long Army bootcamp and I decided it was not the life for me in future seasons, (I didn't really enjoy bootcamp either come to think of it).
So it is normal that a long running reality show like that is hard to keep interesting for this many years unless they really start faking it (which in this case they aren't), but I still really enjoy the show as a way to follow some of the "characters" and as insight into a hard life and dangerous career that most of us don't experience or are unwilling to sacrifice for, I have tons of respect for the guys that do that for a living and think in a few years, as the fisheries get more fished out, that lifestyle will get harder and harder and eventually disappear.
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