The two-hour season premiere airs March 29 at 9 P.M. on Discovery

By Emily Strohm
Updated March 29, 2016 09:30 AM
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It’s King crab season for captain “Wild Bill” Wichrowski’s Cape Caution, but his deckhands may not be up for the challenge just yet.

In an exclusive sneak peek at the season 12 premiere, newcomer Jerod Sechrist learns exactly how much one wrong crab can cost the crew.

“Having one female in a whole tank of crab, we could get fined tens of thousands of dollars,” explains Wichrowski’s son Zach Larson after he spots Sechrist accidentally letting a female slip by.

“Can you sort King crab or not?” he asks. “Do you know the differences between a male and a female?”

In an effort to help keep the population of King crab healthy, only males are allowed to be harvested, so being able to quickly tell the difference between the two is a must-have skill on the fishing boat.

The two-hour season 12 premiere of Deadliest Catch, airs Tuesday at 9 P.M. on the Discovery Channel.