AAA Editor Notes
Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour departs from the Tender Float at the main downtown dock. This 3-hour excursion on the waters of the Metlakatla Indian Reservation is conducted aboard the Aleutian Ballad — a vessel featured on season two of the TV show “Deadliest Catch” — and offers passengers a firsthand look at the king crab fishing industry. As the tour proceeds, passengers are regaled with tales of life at sea and educated about the state's fishing history and the variety of fishing vessels used. A heated and sheltered amphitheater allows passengers to observe the ship's crew as they unload 700-pound crab pots.
Often seen among the ship's catch are such sea creatures as octopus, prawns, sharks and wolf eels; many animals are placed in an on-deck tank for observation and photo opportunities prior to release back into the sea. Such local wildlife as bald eagles, sea lions, seals and humpback whales may be seen during the tour.
Note: Prior to boarding, potential passengers should locate a tour representative on the dock at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Passengers should dress in comfortable and warm layers of clothing. Each passenger should be of sufficient age (minimum age 5) and capacity to remain in the ship's passenger-designated zones and outside its working areas as well as be able to navigate the ship's aisles and stairs. Limited storage space is available.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 3 hours, 15 minutes minimum.