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Science & Environment

Episode 661: The Less Deadly Catch

Halibut fishermen in Alaska used to defy storms, exhaustion and good judgment. That's because they could only fish in these handful of 24-hour periods. It was called the derby, and the derby made fishing the deadliest job in America.

Today on the show, the economic fix that made fishing safer. And why a lot of people hate it.

On the show we introduce you to David Fry, the owner of the Realist halibut boat.

Note: This episode contains explicit language.

Gutted halibut.
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Gutted halibut.

David Fry holds a hook, hoping for some halibut.
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David Fry holds a hook, hoping for some halibut.

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