The F/V Cornelia Marie has returned home to its resting place in Kodiak, Alaska. The Captain and crew have all returned safely from a successful Opilio crab fishing season.
I will leave it up to the "Deadliest Catch" editors in regard to what you'll see this year. But… it wasn't a boring year. It was a year of change that tested men and machinery…full of excitement, bad weather and injuries. However, we never loose sight of what's most important.. that everyone came home.
Yesterday, Discovery Channel issued a press release of the new season, Season 7. It’s hard to believe that our fishing boat is entering its sixth year of being on television. With the exception of one short scene, the FV Cornelia Marie was not featured in season one. Season seven may be our final one on “Deadliest Catch”, as the future of the Cornelia Marie, like the crab fishing business in general, is uncertain.
Here is what the Discovery Channel wrote about our boat and crew in its press release:
“The dark clouds and long shadow of their father's death still hang heavy on sons Josh and Jake Harris but now they need to show the rest of the fleet that they can come back and step it up as co-owners of the Cornelia Marie.”
As part owners of the FV Cornelia Marie, Jake and josh have even more pressure on them as they follow in the father’s footsteps. The role of Bering Sea Crab boat owner is a heavy responsibility. The CM is a big boat that costs a lot of money to operate, even for a day. The family considered tieing the boat up this season because of this financial burden, but decided we had obligations to fulfill.
Even after a year, the loss of Captain Phil is still having a major impact on the Cornelia Marie family. When Phil was skipper, there was clarity to our family business. He loved to catch crab and was very good at it. The Cornelia Marie was built to fish and Phil was built to fish it. Fishing was his life.
When we lost Capt. Phil, I think we lost somebody you don’t see on television very often. Somebody that honest, hard working folks can identify with – someone like them. This is what I've heard from many people who have taken the time to write in.
Of course, we’re always grateful of the support we receive from fans of the show. I apologize If I didn’t thank you personally through email - I do read every one.
So, when is the first episode of the new season? The press release reads, “Tuesday, April 12 at 9 pm ET/PT