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What Island Did Deadliest Catch's Sig Hansen Buy In Norway?

They say "higher the risk, higher the reward." And for the captains and crew of the boats featured on Discovery's "Deadliest Catch," that couldn't be any more true. For fans watching at home, there's something satisfying about seeing, at the end of the season, the exact dollar amount each deckhand and captain receives. There is a sense of justice knowing that these brave fisherman walk away with a nice chunk of change, given how they put their lives on the line to get those delicious sea crawlers on our plates.

So, when these captains finally come ashore and sell off their bounty, you have to wonder what they do with their dough in the off-season. Whether it's vacationing or living among horses (like "Wild" Bill Wichrowski prefers), there's no doubt these captains have a good idea of what their personal reward will be well before they reach shore. 

One year, Captain Sig Hansen of the F/V Northwestern, who tops the charts when it comes to profits according to Pontoonopedia, decided to sidestep away from the normal and bought an island.

Sig Hansen bought an island that's connected to his childhood

No one can argue that the captains and deckhands on "Deadliest Catch" surely earn their money. Whether it's heavy accumulating ice that risks capsizing the boat or countless other unforeseen factors, these guys earn every penny. And Sig Hansen of the Northwestern took a lot of those pennies and bought Mortholmen, an islet in Western Norway. However, as Hansen explains, the purpose of buying this island had nothing to do with making a profit. 

In an interview with TVshowsace, Hansen was asked about the island and he revealed that his connection to it actually stems from his childhood. Hansen said, "That's a place in the same town where my mother and father played a lot ... So it was kind of neat." 

When chatting with Nicki Swift about Mortholmen, Hansen explains that the nostalgic location used to be connected to the fishing industry, but now can be a great place to host family events. "It's an old factory, so they used to salt herring in those wooden drums, and my grandmother worked there as a young lady," he said. "Anyway, long story short, that's something to give back and I think, you know, you can do weddings, confirmation, and all kinds of things."