Tracking the Deadliest Catch

One of the most dangerous professions in the world has inspired a documentary TV series airing its fifteenth season now. Also inspired by the high-sea adventures of the Deadliest Catch, we researched our database and found out some surprising facts about its fans

Award-winning documentary series Deadliest Catch is back on the Discovery Channel for a fifteenth season. The show, which premiered just a month ago, portrays the real-life events of the Alaskan crab fishermen considered to be one of the deadliest professions in the world.

The Deadliest Catch fleet consists of six fishing vessels with a brand new crab fishing boat added this season. In the icy waters of the Bering Sea, we watch the adventures of the fearless captains and their crew sharing breathtaking moments during the Alaskan king crab, opilio crab and bairdi crab fishing seasons.

No season is the same and each episode is a whole new experience fighting against massive icebergs and forty-foot waves. Things get dramatic in this hyper-competitive, life-threatening hunt for king size crabs of the fishing crew varying from young skippers to experienced captains and family business.

Using MarineTraffic it is possible to track the Deadliest Catch fleet and learn the vessels’ latest position on the map, along with key vessel details. Users can also create their own fleets to monitor their vessels and get notifications when specific events occur.

We have searched our database and discovered that the shows’ fleet is not the only one with this name. Surprisingly there are over 500 people that have named their fleets after the Deadliest Catch. Many of these fans have also given the same or similar names to their vessels as seen in the TV series. For instance, there are 276 ships named “Cornelia Marie” and 217 named “Northwestern” according to MarineTraffic data. Can you guess which vessel is the favorite one among the fans?

The following infographic, Tracking the Deadliest Catch, includes more interesting findings coming from our data.

Tracking the Deadliest Catch infographic by MarineTraffic

Getting to know the Deadliest Catch 2019 Fleet

Northwestern was the most tracked vessel of Deadliest Catch fleet the previous year on MarineTraffic. Built in 1977 for the sole purpose of fishing King and Tanner Crab off of the coast of Alaska, she is 38 meters long and her gross tonnage is 310.

At the second position, based on our data, we see Saga. This fishing vessel was built in 1979 and is 33 meters long with a 198 gross tonnage. The rest of the featured fishing vessels consist of the Southern Wind, The Wizard, Summer Bay, Brenna A and Cornelia Marie.


Did you know that the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the base of operations for the show’s fishing fleet?

Start tracking the fishing vessels on our map and monitor their position.

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