Johnathan Hillstrand’s On-Line Chat Transcript 07 May 1

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kwitty3: Do you ever see sharks?

Johnathan Hillstrand: In the summer I do, but we don't have sharks out crab fishing. We have killer whales and salmon shark. We catch salmon shark during the summer, I'm not sure what they do during the winter.

Oh-pilio: How did you decide that your brother Andy would captain during opilio season and you'd captain during king crab?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Good question. I started running other boats. One of my friends was ill and I ran his boat for him and Andy has been captain ever since. With the new IFQ program, he sold his boat and crab rights so I jumped back on with the boys.

Pynk: Hi. I have total respect for what you guys do! Curious, why is there never a mix of opies and king in the pots? Is there some dividing line that they never cross?

Johnathan Hillstrand: They're not in the same place. And also, the escape panel in the back of the pot, the opilio will run out when the king crab get in the pot. They're scared of them. We catch Bairdi and they'll climb out of the back of the pot too when the king crab come in.

Al_Batross: With all the current stories about global warming's environmental impact etc. have you found, in your long career, any significant changes in the amount of crab or where you find them?

Johnathan Hillstrand: I want to see global warming, I have not seen it yet. We have a glacier that has grown 5 miles in the last two years. In the Southeast opi fishing has not seen global warming but we've been waiting for it. Bring it on!

Discovery: Thank you for being here today to answer questions about life aboard the Time Bandit! Do you have anything you'd like to add, before we have to close?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Thanks for watching, and I'll see you for the next opi season!

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