Although fans of “Deadliest Catch” will most likely know that opilio crab is one of the most popular targets for fisherman scouring the Bering Sea (with series regular Johnathan Hillstrand once pulling in a record-breaking haul of opilio near the coast of Russia), what they may not know is that he Hansen family actually helped to pioneer opilio crab fishing in Norway.
According to SouthCoastTODAY, Sig Hansen’s father, Sverre Hansen, comes from a family of fishermen who first began opilio crab fishing in Alaska — hoping that doing so would keep the crab-fishing profession profitable year-round. “It was in his blood,” said Edgar Hansen of his father during the special TV Movie “Deadliest Catch: Legend of the Northwestern.” “That’s what his dad before him did, and his dad before him.”
That same special also asserts that the Hansen family is “well-known throughout Alaska.” Because they helped pioneer such an immense aspect of the crab-fishing industry, that should be no surprise. Indeed, knowing that the Hansen family legacy has such an essential connection to opilio crab fishing casts a new light on the numerous pots of opilio we’ve seen Sig Hansen catch over the years. This further emphasizes the importance of his return to Norway, where his family’s crab-fishing legacy began.