Modern Marvels

Alaskan Fishing

Season 15, Ep 8, Aired 3/19/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Takes a look inside the amazing ultra-modern world of high stakes commercial fishing where a wrong decision on the captain's part can cost not just the season's catch, but also the lives of his crew.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Hugh Dillon

    Narrator

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: Man, the ocean's greatest predator, has developed the ships and the science to catch every fish in the sea. Each ship is different, each fish a unique challenge. In the Bering Sea there is a fish that literally feeds the world, Alaskan Pollock and it takes a ship as big as a factory to land it. Alaska Ocean, its half mile long nets pull in hauls 100 tons at a time, below deck the ship's state of the art factory processes 750 fish per minute, 24/7. The season is short, the clock is ticking, the Captain and his crew must keep this vast array of high tech in motion to harvest their quota, 22,000 tons. Will they make their catch or be bested by the most treacherous seas on the planet. Come aboard Alaska Ocean as it hunts he Bering Sea for the fish that everybody eats but nobody knows.

    Trivia (4)

    • Until the advent of the pollock factory ship in the 1960s, Alaska Pollock was considered a "trash fish", unworthy of catch.

    • The 1.4 million tons of Alaska Pollock caught each year make up 40% of all fish hauled in by U.S. commercial fishermen.

    • Over half of all the seafood landed in the United States if caught in Alaskan waters.

    • A single female Alaska Pollock can release over a million eggs per spawning.

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