It's time for some fresh faces out at sea.
EW can exclusively reveal the new cast for the upcoming season of Deadliest Catch, which returns with a two-hour premiere on April 18 on Discovery. The season will see a new generation of captains — including a storied author, rookie captains, and a deckhand aspiring for more — team up with fan-favorite skippers for the youngest and most diverse cast yet on the reality series.
Alaskan crab continues to be as difficult as ever to fish, but high seafood prices drive our crews to the Bering Sea to get their share. We'll see new and returning cast members overcome their differences to defend their fishing grounds.
Discovery Captains Mandy and Sig Hansen
"All of us are facing a new threat," says returning Captain Sig Hansen in a teaser for the new season, above. Sig will continue to try to secure his legacy with daughter and co-captain, Mandy — but it looks like a devastating loss is in store for the family. The teaser includes footage of Sig at what appears to be a funeral.
Also returning in the new season is the F/V Time Bandit's Andy Hillstrand, who hasn't been on the show since 2016. He and his brothers, Johnathan and Neal, will tackle the Golden King Crab Fishery.
Below, meet the new cast members, and watch the first-look teaser above.
Discovery Captain Linda Greenlaw
Discovery Captains Bill Wichrowski and Linda Greenlaw at the F/V Summer Bay
East Coast legend Linda Greenlaw, the only female swordfishing captain and survivor of The Perfect Storm, sets her sights on America's Last Frontier and brings more than 40 years of experience to Captain "Wild" Bill Wichrowski's F/V Summer Bay.
Discovery Captain Sophia 'Bob' Nielsen
Discovery Captains Jake Anderson and Sophia “Bob” Nielsen at the F/V Saga
Sophia "Bob" Nielsen
Joining Captain Jake Anderson on the F/V Saga is new captain in training, 23-year-old Sophia "Bob" Nielsen. Following the loss of both of her parents in quick succession, the third generation fisher has her sights set on gaining all of the experience that she can to continue the Nielsen name and take over as captain of her family's 74-foot wooden hull vessel, the F/V Victory.
Discovery Deckhand Jacob Hutchins
Joining F/V Wizard Captain Keith Colburn is Jacob Hutchins, a deckhand aspiring to become one of the first African American crabbing captains on the Bering Sea.
Discovery Captain Jack Bunnell
Rookie 28-year-old captain Jack Bunnell takes over the F/V Barbara J, leveraging his family quota to get to the helm, only to find that long-serving skipper Steve "Harley" Davidson will battle with him for seat time and control of the storied crabber.
Discovery Captains Sean Dwyer and Rick Shelford and the F/V Aleutian Lady
Rick Shelford is a fourth-generation crabber looking to usher the family name past 100 straight years of life on the water. He joins Captain Sean Dwyer, also looking to create a new legacy, on the F/V Aleutian Lady.
The two-hour premiere of Deadliest Catch is Tuesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel and will be available to stream the same day on Discovery+.
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