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Discovery Plays Catch

1/13/2005 8:04 AM Eastern

Don’t blame Discovery Channel if the mood around the network seems crabby.

New 10-part series Deadliest Catch, a look at the dangerous lives of Alaskan crab fishermen, is set to premiere on Discovery in April.

The network said Deadliest Catch will document the end of an era -- what veteran crab fishermen are calling "The Last Rodeo."

Due to the belief that the race against the clock contributes to a high injury and mortality rate, Alaskan authorities will eliminate the traditional time element from crab fishing after this year, putting a simple, slowed-down, seasonal quota system into effect.

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