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Alaska workers earn less than $7,000 in latest 'Deadliest Catch'

Discovery Channel

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

Alaskans made less than $7,000 working on the latest season of Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” according to paperwork filed by the Alaska Film Office.


Out-of-state workers earned $1.3 million, the film office says.


The salary numbers represent wages for eight Alaskan crew members on the series and 35 non-Alaskan workers, according to a film subsidy application approved Wednesday by the state. Producers for season eight of the crab-fishing reality show – a series that began production long before Alaska began offering generous public subsidies for TV and film projects – are receiving about $691,000 in state incentives.


The producers reported spending about $285,000 on in-state shipping and transportation, and $231,000 on food and lodging.


Alaska residents earned $44,000 working on season seven of "Deadliest Catch," compared to $1.3 million paid to non-Alaska residents. The state awarded the show $786,000 in subsidies that year.