Sunday, October 13, 2013

A 'Deadliest Catch' captain goes to Washington

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, left, with Keith Colburn, captain of the Bering Sea crab boat Wizard. Twitter photo @crabwizard

Keith Colburn, owner and captain of the Bering Sea crab boat Wizard, went to Washington, D.C., last week to talk about how the partial government shutdown threatens to delay Tuesday's start of the red king crab season.

"I’m a small businessman in a big ocean with big bills. I need to go fishing," Colburn said during a Friday hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Read his written testimony here.

Colburn, whose boat is featured on the TV show "Deadliest Catch," also paid a visit to CNN.


Anonymous said...

One idiot talking to another idiot!

Zeke Grader said...

Keith's comments to Congress about the shutdown are appreciated. Here in California, no fishery has been stopped (yet) by the shutdown, but we've been closed out of our offices. Thankfully he was spared Fox News and Hannity when he was in DC.

Anonymous said...

I'd have more respect for him if he'd gone to DC to fight for crewmen who got shut out of fisheries by IFQs Seems it's only important to him when it's his wallet that's affected.

Anonymous said...

I attended a council meeting concerning crab/IFQ/crew rights and witnessed Keith tell the council "I stand with the crews! I've always stood with the crews!" in a stern manner, with a raised voice. He then procceeded to indeed stand with us crewmembers as we glared at certain councilmembers together, as a united group. I Would like to hear him and other skippers speak more to D.C. about the damages and injustices directly caused by IFQ's.

Anonymous said...

Another stooge in the pocket of Big Business....He got what he wanted. Total Mis-appropriated B.S. from back door deals received by the 30 year Senator and House Rep. from Alaska. and many more.....It's funny how Keith supports the very people who own Draggers that originally decimated the abundance of King Crab stocks, in the late seventies.