Matt has fished with the Northwestern for the past 14 years and considers himself a part of the Hansen family. He was introduced to crab fishing by Edgar Hansen, his friend since junior high school.
Matt previously worked as a restaurant manager and cook, picking up culinary skills that are highly regarded on any boat in the Bering Sea. However, Matt still maintains that Edgar is the better chef.
Matt makes friends easily and loves to have fun, but he's had a tough battle with substance abuse. He's open and honest about what he's been through, and hopes to inspire others to find their way out of addiction.
When not on board the Northwestern, Matt lives with his girlfriend and daughter.