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Deadliest Catch's James Gallagher Reveals The Bitter Truth About Loyalty In The Industry

The crews on Discovery's "Deadliest Catch" embark on dangerous journeys through freezing waters for months on end. During that time, they must contend with brutal weather conditions and various other challenges which make their jobs extremely difficult. The sad moments surrounding "Deadliest Catch" are tragic and often highlight the hazards that come with the job. As far as reality shows go, this one is as real as it gets.

The series is full of real-world drama and it's not uncommon for arguments to break out on the boats. Some longtime fans have stopped watching "Deadliest Catch" because it sometimes spends more time focusing on the conflicts than the fishing. At the same time, the nature of the job can lead to a camaraderie between the crewmates, though it might be the superficial kind as everyone needs to look out for their own interests.

James Gallagher joined "Deadliest Catch" in 2020, but he's no stranger to the fishing and crabbing industries. As such, the Lady Alaska engineer knows all about loyalty in his profession, and his opinion of it is pretty bleak.

There is zero loyalty in the fishing industry

James Gallagher previously took part in a fan Q&A session on Reddit and discussed all things related to his life and "Deadliest Catch." One fan asked the crab fisherman if he had any advice to share with those who wanted to enter the maritime industry, which prompted an interesting answer that undoubtedly shattered any illusions of glamor about life at sea.

According to Gallagher, fisherpeople can only rely on themselves at the end of the day. "There is zero loyalty in this industry and the only people who you can trust to look out for you are your brothers on deck and yourself. Boat owners and skippers only see us as numbers, we're all replaceable," he said.

For that reason, the "Deadliest Catch" star advises that anyone who enters the industry should also look out for their best interests. "You have to treat your employers the same way. If you're serious about wanting to be a fisherman take a trip to Kodiak and stomp the docks around May and you'll find a gig."