‘Deadliest Catch’: Watch Emotional Moment Josh Harris Reveals to Crew He’s Come Down With Illness

by Courtney Blackann

With an already small crew, it’s difficult to think of venturing out on the open sea with a missing member. However, when “Deadliest Catch’s” Josh Harris announced to his team he’d have to stay away for a bit, the guys took it as quite a shock.

On a clip of a recent episode, the emotional moment is captured. Harris tells his fellow “Deadliest Catch” stars that he tested positive for Covid-19.

“Thankfully, Josh is recovered now, but making it work with a team of just two was NOT easy!” the official “Deadliest Catch” Twitter page announced.

“I can’t go anywhere, I have to quarantine,” the sea captain can be heard saying. “I don’t feel sick or anything right now, but I mean, I don’t know. You watch the news and you see what happens to people and it’s scary,” he adds.

Fellow “Deadliest Catch” crew members tell Harris to just take care of himself. The team agrees they’ll figure out a game plan once they get off the road.

Luckily, the second-generation sea captain recovered just fine and is back with his team.

“Deadliest Catch” Fans Discuss ‘Quota’

While sickness can add a setback to the crew’s scedule, another issue fans have been curious about lately is quota.

Furthermore, what exactly is quota anyway?

Well, in order to run a fishing vessel and cash in on each catch, fisherman have to have what is known as quota. It’s an allotment, usually in pounds, of fish allowed to be collected each season. Quota is generally purchased by businesses or boat owners and can also be sold.

 One Reddit user recently had a few questions about this.

“I can’t seem to figure it out. 1. do they pay for the quota? & if so who do they buy it from? 2. assuming that 1 is yes: can anyone buy quota (eg an investment firm) and lease it or sell it? 3. If you sell some of your quota (then) are you still responsible for it? (I assume you are if you’re leasing it),” the user wrote.

Another user attempted to explain the “Deadliest Catch” quota rules:

“My understanding, which might not be completely correct, is this,” the Redditor wrote. “When the fishery was in danger of dying because of overfishing due to no regulations, the fish & game authority stepped in (early 2000’s). F&G created Quota Shares, which could be applied for (maybe bought). Quota is a long-term thing, maybe permanent, that represents not an amount you can catch, but a percentage of the annual catch.”