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Are there new changes to Season 7 of "Deadliest Catch"? Yes! "Deadliest Catch Season" 7, of crab fishing has started filming. Last season, the crew of Cornelia Marie lost their Captain, father and friend Phil Harris. Capt. Phil Harris was found face down on the boat and was airlifted to a hospital. He underwent surgery, and soon passed away. He requested that his passing be filmed because the story "needed an ending." The Discovery Channel did an amazing job allowing the fans of the show to mourn with the cast members and share their respects to the Harris family while they continued to film during his passing and funeral.
"Deadliest Catch" premiered on the Discovery Channel April 12, 2005. The show airs in over 150 countries since its first premier on television. April 2011 starts the new season of "Deadliest Catch." The exact date is not released yet. Seasons are taped during the previous fall and winter. The king crab season tapes in the fall (October) while the Opilio crab season tapes in the winter (January).
"Deadliest Catch" films five or more fishing boats and crewmembers while fishing on the "Vast Bering Sea." The show highlights the dangers of crab fishing - slick decks, extreme weather, tripping hazards, and leaning over rails while boats are unstable. It also informs fans of what is to be expected shall they wish to become a professional in this field.
Over the past few months, there have been rumors about whether or not the F/V Cornelia Marie would join in the this season's filming. The rumors have been put to rest. The Capt. of F/V Cornelia Marie for Season 7 is Tony Lara. Tony Lara however, is not new to the Cornelia Marie in fact; you may remember him from 1991 to 2000. He served as a deckhand and engineer of the fishing boat.
Other changes on the F/V Cornelia Marie for Season 7 are - Steve Ward and Freddie Maugatai are leaving the boat and will not be filmed working on the Cornelia Marie. Steve is heading to the F/V Fierce Allegiance. Freddie is heading to the F/V Wizard. According to CornelialMarie.com, the only cast members remaining on board for Season 7 are late Capt. Phil Harris's sons' Josh and Jake Harris and Ryan. Josh and Jake decided to continue with their father's passion and love of crab fishing, honoring their father on the Cornelia Marie. With a few cast members leaving, there are also a few new faces arriving -- Dale Pruitt and Troy Huls, aka, "Chief." It should be an exciting new season for the Cornelia Marie.
This season of "Deadliest Catch" holds many changes, new faces, old faces and the loss of a beloved Captain. Other fishing boats people have grown to love such as the Time Bandit, Northwestern, Wizard and Kodiak will return to film for Season 7.