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Crewmen Larry Murphy climbs along the side of "the stack" on the fishing vessel "Kiska Sea" as it fishes for opilio crab in the arctic ice floes of the Bering Sea in January and February of 1995.  With pancake ice below death by hypothermia would be certain were he to fall overboard.  Crab pots weighing approximately 700 pounds are stacked one on top of the other.  During the 1990's the pot limit was 250 pots for larger vessels such as this one.  The Bering Sea is known for having the worst storms in the world.  Nights are long and cold in the arctic in the winter.  Crab fishing in the Bering Sea is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.  This fishery is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and is a sustainable fishery.  The Discovery Channel produced a TV series called "The Deadliest Catch" which popularized this fishery.