David Yellen
September 07, 2010 03:30 PM

Captain Phil Harris would be proud.

The late skipper’s two sons, Josh, 27, and Jake, 24, have signed a new contract with the Discovery Channel for the next season of Deadliest Catch, according to a New York Times report.

The move is a poignant one in light of their father’s death at age 53 last February.

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The brothers, who have struggled with their loss, will get more screen time next season and, according to the network, “expand their participation,” on the show, which documents the tough lives of crab fishermen. They plan to “increase their experience on the sea with the hopes of becoming captains.”

“Right now, they want to get back to fishing and we are doing everything that we can to support that,” Discovery president Clark Bunting said in a statement.

The sons have also been looking to buy their dad’s fishing vessel, the Cornelia Marie, outright.

“I will try to get it back up and running at full strength, and be the full owner, and my guys can keep their jobs,” Josh told PEOPLE recently. “I will achieve my goals. One way or another, it will happen. There is no failure in a fisherman.”

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