‘Deadliest Catch’: Sig Hansen Emotionally Explains Why There’s ‘Nothing Heroic’ About Dangers at Sea

by Keeli Parkey

During its more than 15 years on the small screen, the “Deadliest Catch” series has given viewers a glimpse into the dangerous work of fishermen. According to one of the show’s stars, the dangers experienced at sea should not be romanticized.

That star is the famous captain Sig Hansen. And during an interview with Hollywood Soapbox during April 2021, he talked about how serious the dangers the fishermen who appear on the show face.

As fans of “Deadliest Catch” are well aware, Hansen is no stranger to the waters. He has worked as a crab fisherman since 1978. Unsurprisingly, he has had his share of scary moments at sea. And, wisely, he has used his more than four decades on the water to gain a certain level of wisdom.

That wisdom, according to Hansen, helps him make sure that he keeps the crew that he works with as safe as possible. Like any good leader, this burden of leadership is something that this “Deadliest Catch” star said he takes very seriously. And because of his efforts, he said he has been successful in keeping his people safe.

“We have a very good safety record, which I’m very proud of,” the “Deadliest Catch” star also said.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Sig Hansen Said His Job is ‘Getting Very Difficult Because of Fear’

In keeping his people safe, Sig Hansen has a very strong motivating factor. Like so many of us, he is motivated by fear.

“I don’t want to be in that situation. I have a lot of family on board. For me, it’s getting very difficult because of fear,” Hansen also said. “I know what can happen. I’ve had a lot of friends missing now. Most of them have gone down.”

Being lost at sea is not a romantic thing. It’s tragic and, according to this “Deadliest Catch” star, experiencing the dangers at sea is not “heroic.”

“There’s nothing heroic about it,” Sig Hansen also said.

For most people, with age comes wisdom. This is true for Hansen. He said he still likes what he has done for a living for so many years, but he becomes more and more careful as the years go on.

“When you get to a certain age, you think you’ve been there, you’ve done it,” Hansen also shared. “But I still enjoy doing it, and I want to continue doing it. I just try to do it a little more cautiously these days. It’s hard. …”

His chosen profession has its pros and its cons, according to what Sig Hansen said in April 2021. Those factors inform how he feels about his job.

“Once you start fishing, then everything is forgotten, and then you’re right back in the saddle, so to speak. It’s this love-hate relationship,” the “Deadliest Catch” star said.