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June 10, 2010

LKL – 'Deadliest Catch' Captains tour the Gulf coast oil spill

Posted: 07:31 AM ET
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June 9, 2010

LKL Tonight! 'Deadliest Catch' Captains from New Orleans on oil spill

Posted: 05:55 PM ET

We've got the Captains from "Deadliest Catch" on LKL tonight – they're down in New Orleans meeting with fishermen who are dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The LKL Blog spoke with Captain Keith Colburn back on May 26th and got his thoughts on the oil spill and wanted to re-post to share with you for tonight:

Captain Keith Colburn is best know as captain of the Wizard on the Discovery Channel's hugely successful series, "Deadliest Catch."  He's been a commercial fisherman for 25 years, and he's even participated in an oil spill cleanup in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  Colburn also testified before Congress against off-shore drilling in Bristol Bay.  Captain Keith spoke with the LKL Blog and gave a unique, fisherman's perspective on the oil spill.

LKL Blog: You're a fisherman.  How have you reacted to the Gulf oil spill?

Colburn: Being an Alaska fisherman, there is grave concern about what is exactly going to happen to the food chain in the Gulf.  The fish inside the Gulf, and also a lot of the predator fish outside, are all going to be impacted dramatically.  Especially the oil down in the water column, down in the bottom where these species live.   As a fisherman it's pretty dramatic, and it could have widespread implications.

When the Exxon Valdez hit the rocks in Prince William Sound, the biggest thing that impacted us in the Bearing Sea, and there wasn't a drop of oil in the Bearing Sea, was the public perception of anything Alaskan that was seafood.  That dramatically impacted our pricing, and impacted all fisherman in the state of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The perception from the public was that all seafood coming out of Alaska was tainted, which was not the case.

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For Gulf Fishermen, Cash Could Create Problems

Posted: 03:50 PM ET

THE 4 CAPTAINS FROM "THE DEADLIEST CATCH," AND NARRATOR MIKE ROWE, WILL BE ON LKL TONIGHT FROM NEW ORLEANS DISCUSSING THE SPILL AND IT'S EFFECT ON THE AREA'S FISHERMEN.

By Louis Sahagun
via LATimes.com

BP's request for tax records poses a problem for some residents of fishing communities in southeastern Louisiana — the nonconformists who haven't kept records or reported their cash income.

The first step for a commercial fisherman or coastal business seeking compensation for losses suffered in the oil spill seems simple enough: Submit copies of a commercial fishing license, proof of residence and tax statements.

But the request for tax records poses a serious challenge to some residents of close-knit fishing communities on the swampy edges of southeastern Louisiana, which for generations have harbored self-reliant nonconformists who don't pay much heed to everyday rules and regulations.

In other words, they often get paid in cash — and don't always report it.

"I worked for an uncle last year who paid me in cash," said a crab fisherman who asked to remain anonymous. "The BP guy wanted my tax statements, but how can I pay taxes if everything I earned was in cash?"

Many people involved in the seasonal harvesting of shrimp, crabs, oysters and fish — boat washers, fishermen, crab cookers, deckhands, dockworkers — said they felt caught by a pincer of environmental devastation and an assistance program that could expose them to the tax man.

Not surprisingly, only a few folks here were willing to talk openly about the dilemma.

"We have our own little world, and the whole world is invading it right now," said Erwin Menesses, 43, who specializes in sewing and repairing fishing nets. "You are not going to find our legacy in the paperwork they are asking us to produce. It's not there."

Another man, who asked that his name not be used because he does not report income from selling hundreds of pounds of blue crab cooked each week in his garage, said he worried BP would turn over records to the Internal Revenue Service.

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May 26, 2010

Deadliest Catch Captain: Spill Impact Could Be "Tenfold" Worse Than Valdez

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Captain Keith Colburn is best know as captain of the Wizard on the Discovery Channel's hugely successful series, "Deadliest Catch."  He's been a commercial fisherman for 25 years, and he's even participated in an oil spill cleanup in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  Colburn also testified before Congress against off-shore drilling in Bristol Bay.  Captain Keith spoke with the LKL Blog and gave a unique, fisherman's perspective on the oil spill.

LKL Blog: You're a fisherman.  How have you reacted to the Gulf oil spill?

Colburn: Being an Alaska fisherman, there is grave concern about what is exactly going to happen to the food chain in the Gulf.  The fish inside the Gulf, and also a lot of the predator fish outside, are all going to be impacted dramatically.  Especially the oil down in the water column, down in the bottom where these species live.   As a fisherman it's pretty dramatic, and it could have widespread implications.

When the Exxon Valdez hit the rocks in Prince William Sound, the biggest thing that impacted us in the Bearing Sea, and there wasn't a drop of oil in the Bearing Sea, was the public perception of anything Alaskan that was seafood.  That dramatically impacted our pricing, and impacted all fisherman in the state of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The perception from the public was that all seafood coming out of Alaska was tainted, which was not the case.

Unfortunately, what I think we're starting to see now is consumers are concerned that anything coming out of the Gulf States is tainted seafood products.  So it's unfairly hurting these fisherman in advance of their fishing grounds being tainted by oil.  That could have lasting effects on the shellfish and the fishing industry throughout the US.

As an Alaska fisherman, I'm not concerned about my resource because it won't be impacted environmentally, but, especially the fisherman down there in the gulf - Florida, Texas, Mississippi - they're all going to be impacted because of the consumer misconception that it's all tainted seafood.  Hopefully by the end of the day there will still be fishing grounds that will be open, productive, and able to sustain at least some of the resource that has been harvested previously, but we'll have to wait and see.

LKL Blog: Do we know yet how much the overall catch will be affected?

Colburn: My concern is some of the Gulf fisherman I've talked to think this may affect them one, two, three years.  They need to realize that this could dramatically impact and affect their way of life permanently.

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April 22, 2010

Bench Warrant Issued for 'Deadliest Catch' Star

Posted: 09:56 AM ET

via people.com

Deadliest Catch star Jake Harris is now among the hunted.

Harris failed to appear at a hearing Wednesday in his reckless driving case "so the court issued a bench warrant for his arrest," King County, Wash., prosecutor spokesman Dan Donohoe tells PEOPLE. The bail amount on the warrant is $500.

"Jake just made a mistake on his scheduling," his attorney, Ed Ritter, told PEOPLE on Wednesday. "We plan on going in tomorrow at 2 p.m. to clear it all up."

Harris, 24, whose father Capt. Phil Harris died from complications of a stroke on Feb. 9, has been formally charged with reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. If convicted, he faces a maximum of a year and three months in jail.

A memorial to honor Phil Harris is planned for the second annual Deadliest Catch fanfest, known as CatchCon, in Seattle on April 30.

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April 13, 2010

LKL Wednesday – Captains of 'Deadliest Catch' with us

Posted: 04:40 PM ET

Note: We've got Captains Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn, Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand on LKL WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  You're going to want to watch this show to find out what happens this season on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch."  What do you want to ask the Captains? Weigh in and let us know!

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