‘Deadliest Catch’ star: Dealing with Congress ‘more complex’ than fishing

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Capt. Keith Colburn says crab fishing is more difficult than lobbying lawmakers, but one of the stars of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” says working with Congress is definitely “more complex” than his day job.

“There’s a lot that goes into coming back here, hopefully trying to put the right message and trying to get the results you’re after. And that’s not a real easy thing to do in Washington, D.C.,” he said.

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It was a return visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for Colburn, who has traveled to D.C. many times before and was last in town with reality TV cameras rolling during last year’s government shutdown. He testified then before Congress about the impact the shutdown would have on the fishing industry.

On Wednesday, Colburn joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to craft crab cakes and other seafood dishes for lawmakers and staffers. The following day, he’ll act as the keynote speaker for a Pacific Seafood Processors Association event to discuss small-business ownership.

Colburn says he’s “pretty much like most Americans” and is frustrated by the polarization in the nation’s capital, saying, “Instead of fixing things that might be a little bit broken, [Congress just tries] to break them even more.”

He added, “Gridlock seems to be the answer to everything that’s thrown out there. It’s frustrating from a commercial fisherman standpoint.”

But the ocean expert quickly tipped his hat to his local lawmakers, saying the states of Alaska and Washington have “really, really great delegations.” Colburn complimented Alaska Sens. Mark Begich (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R), exclaiming to ITK, “We couldn’t have two better senators.” In Washington state, Colburn says, Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray “have been strong advocates for us as well.”

Asked whether lawmakers ever ask him for some fish-catching advice, Colburn gave a hearty laugh before replying, “You know what, it’s crazy what people ask me for. Usually it’s crab, but sometimes it’s fishing tips.”

“Deadliest Catch,” currently in its 10th season, airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern time on the Discovery Channel.

 

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