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James Gallagher
Explains Who
Gets A Full Share
On Deadliest
Catch
By JENNIFER MASHUGA
“Deadliest Catch” showed the world just how fickle, dangerous, and lucrative crab fishing can be, including the tragic deaths of multiple crewmembers. For just a couple of months of labor, crew members can potentially earn five or six figures at the risk of their own lives.
In 2016, Gary and Kenny Ripka revealed there are years they've made up to $170,000 a year and that deckhands can make up to $50,000 during the two months of crab season. "My guys this year, I think for the six weeks...[they] probably made $30 [thousand]," Gary said.
Wages are often based on a share or percentage of harvest earnings known as a “crew share,” and some vessels utilize a daily rate of $50 to $100, not including the cost of equipment needed before boarding which can range between $200 to $500. James Gallagher of the Lady Alaska confirmed that many vessels utilize crew shares, but, "it's up to the captain who receives a 'full share.'"