A friend of mine turned me on to the Deadliest Catch the other night.

We were channel surfing and she landed on the Discovery Channel and was telling me I needed to watch at least one episode. I couldn't believe that after 10 minutes I was drawn in 'hook, line & sinker.' The episodes I saw were centered around snow crab-fishing off of Alaska.

After watching a few episodes back-to-back, I got a pretty quick education on what these brave people do out in the sea. So, here are 5.2 things I learned after watching a couple of the shows.

1. To help prevent the extinction of snow crabs, all female and baby crabs must be tossed back in the sea.

2. Depending on the type of crab-fishing you're doing, the season can be as short as four weeks and happen two times a year.

3. The cages that are used to catch the crabs are called Pots. Depending on the size of the boat there can be anywhere between 150 and 300 of them.

4. Pots will average a weight of 800 pounds once they are fully rigged.

5. Ghost Pots refer to the cages that, for one reason or another, are lost at sea and end up staying on the ocean's floor.

5.1 A section of the Pots are made of biodegradable material. This way, if it becomes a Ghost Pot, part of the mesh will dissolve so it can no longer catch crabs.

5.2 It can be difficult to identify a snow crab since there are three other Chionoecetes specials also.


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