Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove highlights perils of fishing in Graveyard of the Pacific

Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Big waves in the Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove premiere tonight. Watch the preview below

Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove premieres tonight, with the first episode following four families as they take part in the famous crab derby.

The new reality series takes the fishing action south from Alaska down to Newport, Oregon – but the sea is no less dangerous.

There — in one of the deadliest fishing grounds in the world, dubbed the Graveyard of the Pacific — crab fishermen and their families have fought against the elements to make a living.

The sea might be abundant with fish and crab but it exacts a heavy price for this bounty.

Over the years hundreds of boats and thousands of lives have been lost in these volatile and tricky waters.

Deckhand pictured as the sun sets on another tough day
A deckhand pictured as the sun sets on another tough day atop the often dangerous waters

As in other shows like Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, the big danger is when the boats head across the bars — where the waves rear up and can land unlucky or unprepared boats in a lot of trouble.

Kelsea Retherford on the FV Excalibur.
Kelsea Retherford on the FV Excalibur. The risks might be great but the rewards can also be very high

Every season the boats set off to make the best of the Dungeness crab season as they take part in one of the few fishing derbies left anywhere.

The first boat to land their catch can make a small fortune but the risks are high and the competition is fierce.

The wild coast breeds a hardy people
The wild coast breeds a hardy people and has seen generations grow up and go out to sea

But that danger and competitiveness also breeds a tight community spirit, with generations of fisherman and their families having close bonds both to each other and the area.

Captain Gary Ripka of the F/V Redeemer.
Captain Gary Ripka aboard his vessel the F/V Redeemer

The show follows the exploits on the unforgiving sea but also back at home where the families get on with normal life.

Catch Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove tonight at 9/8c on Discovery. All photos courtesy Discovery.

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