Remember Captain Phil Harris, celebrate Catch Fest

One of the most popular shows on TV is Discovery Channel‘s Deadliest Catch. Now on its sixth season, the show follows the real-life excitement and drama on board the ships that traverse the dangerous Bering Sea to bring back fresh seafood.

Over the years fans have become attached the captains and crews who put their lives on the line in the rough waters. Captain Phil Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie passed away earlier this year, leaving a hole in the hearts of his family, friends, crew members and also his many fans. On Friday, April 30, starting at 6:30 pm, the first public memorial to Captain Harris takes place at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 in Seattle. On hand to remember Captain Harris will be his sons, Jake and Josh Harris, close friends, fellow fishermen, and Discovery Channel executives. Seating on hand will be limited to the first 2,000 people, but the memorial will also be available online for those unable to attend in person. Boats may watch from the water overlooking Pier 91.

On Saturday, May 1, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal pays host to CatchCon 2010, a fan festival to celebrate the show and the people whose lives it depicts. Fans will hear from the captains and crews, see the actual boats that head up to the Bering, and get a chance to take a sneak peek at the new season. Registration for the event is sold out but fans who missed the chance to sign up in advance can also check out the action online.

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