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“The best captains bring home the catch, boat and crew safely”  –  Sig Hansen


Sig Hansen was born on April 28, 1966 in Seattle, Washington, USA. Sig Hansen’s full name was Sigurd Jonny “Sig” Hansen. He is an American Captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern. He also serves as the technical advisor for the television series Deadliest Catch. He has a net worth of $2 million.  Since 2006,he has been featured in all the seasons of this documentary series.


Sig Hansen was born to Sverre Hansen and Snefryd Hansen in Seattle.He was eldest of three sons (Sigurd, Edgar and Norman) born to them. His family descended from a long lineage of Norwegian ancestry Fishermen. His Father and grandfather were involved opilio  crab fishing in Alaska. He too began fishing at the age of 14, mostly working on his family’s boat. After graduating from Shorewood High School, he began fishing in Alaska and Bering Sea.During the summer, he would fish mackerel and cod in Norway. He liked fishing so much that he would bunk classes at school to go fishing.


Hansen started experimenting in his father’s boat during his early years to face the strong sea. At the age of 22,he became a “relief skipper” on the Northwestern.


At 24, he had taken charge of Northwestern full time and as the years passed by, the Northwestern had become the top producer with an excellent saftey record. The Northwestern has never had a single death at sea in nearly 20 years and its serious injury rate is significantly lower as compared to other boats in the Bering Sea fleet. The Northwestern also won the titles for the highest poundage caught and the highest dollars earned between the featured boats in the Deadliest Catch in 2005 ( for King Crab) and 2006 (for Opilio).


Sig Hansen serves as the full time captain during the king and opilio crab seasons, as well as the pot cod fishery on the Northwestern. Edgar and Norman, his younger brothers work as deck boss and deckhand respectively. Sig is a passionate,hard-working captain who can work in extreme conditions. To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and at times, fire fighter.

In March 2010, Hansen released his book, North By Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters, co-written by Mark Sundeen through which he became one of the most renowned published author.

This also made way for his book to reach the bestseller lists of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. This is story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale. North by Northwestern is the multi-generational tale of the Hansen’s family.Their story from being Norwegian fishermen to having become modern folk-heroes. No doubt, his book must have sold like hot cakes!!!


On April 29, 2010, Sig Hansen was also chosen to be the guest on a show- “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. During the show,he expressed his desire to be a contestant on the ABC reality television  show- Dancing with the Stars. Such was his desire that, Leno’s staff went on to set up a Facebook page to gather support for Hansen to be voted to appear on the show. In September 2010, Hansen announced that  he would stop appearing on the Deadliest Catch. However, on October 8, it was announced that he would return to the show.

He has provided the voice of a boat named Crabby in the Disney Pixar film Cars 2.


Hansen is married to June and live with their children,Nina and Mandy,in Seattle.He speaks fluent Norwegian,as his Norwegian parents spoke the language at home. He likes to follow the “Norwegian Fisherman’s Diet” while at sea: coffee, chocolate and cigarettes. He supports the sports teams the Seahawks and the Mariners. Even in his tough times, he is completely aware of his responsibilities towards his family. He stays close to his family. He also treats his crew as his own family by being compassionate to them.Last year, Sig kept deckhand Jake Anderson’s slot open when Jake had to go ashore after his sister’s death.This year, Sig plans to train his brother Edgar to take over as the captain of the Northwestern. Recent reports suggests that his 18 year old daughter Mandy Hansen too, is joining Sig on the Deadliest Catch.


Sig Hansen is a very rich personality. He has been a star of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.The show has attracted more than 49 million viewers per season in 150 countries, making it one of the most successful series in the history of cable TV. His hard work has really paid off. Another reason behind the success of the show is its daring camera work, unexpectable and dangerous weather which make this show a unique one. His net worth is estimated to be around $2 million. His salary per season on The Deadliest Catch itself is $1 million. Captain Sig Hansen has accumulated his net worth through his career as Captain of a fishing vessel,author of a best seller and his appearance on television’s “Deadliest Catch”.

For nearly two decades, Sig has seen to it that the Northwestern is of the top producers of the Alaskan’s crab industry. Sig considers his performance essential,but he also believes that great accomplishments are due to the lack of any major accidents onboard the Northwestern.




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