All in the 'Deadliest Catch' Family: Capt. Sig Hansen Explains Why His 18-Year-Old Daughter Is Joining the Northwestern Crew
Mandy and Sig Hansen
Yahoo TV talked with Capt. Hansen about why he would let his daughter work one of the world's most dangerous jobs, why he took Anderson back on the Northwestern, how he almost repeated the mistake that sank his father's boat, and how he's coping with fame now after almost being overwhelmed by it.
is on the boat this season. Did she have to push you to let her go out with you?
If you call blackmail "push," then yes. No, she's with us every summer during the salmon season. Tendering is what it's called; [we] act like a big fish taxi. They utilize our boats to take fish from all the smaller salmon boats, and then they fill it up and transport the fish from place to place so the little boats don't have to go back and forth.
So, she's been doing that since she was, what, 14? She's had job offers from other salmon boats. And then she said that she was going to try crabbing, of course. And I said, "Over my dead body — or it's going to be on my boat." And then, one thing led to another. She's a pretty persuasive kid.
So she's following in your footsteps?
I can't speak for her, but I think it's more about the family business and being a part of that. She's always been in love with the water. She just wants to be outdoors; she's the adventurous type. As far as being able to go fishing or whatever she can do, she wants to be a part of that. I'd like her to go to school, which I think, we've got that dialed in.
The kid just wants to be on the water. Anything she can do to be on the water I think is in her future. And that's great. I told her you don't have to be a crab fisherman to be on the water.
There are plenty of people who live dangerous lives who say, "I just don't want my kid to grow up doing what I do." That doesn't worry you? Or are you just proud to have her continue the tradition?
No, I was proud. I thought it was great. But, I mean, she's trying to get into a maritime academy where, technically, she'll have a license. So she could run ocean liners and freighters. Or she could work in the North Sea like she's talked about. A lot of our family is in the region. These guys go out there in the oil industry and work a month on, a month off. Kind of like fishing, you get a lot of time off and when you do, it's your time. So, it's definitely not a 9 to 5. If she can get a Third Mates Unlimited license, she's off and running. I don't have a license that big, you see? So that makes me proud. She'll have a bigger license than Daddy; who'd have thought?