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Brand-New Season of 'BERING SEA GOLD' Premieres Friday, May 15 on Discovery Channel

March 11, 2020

Contact - Makenzie LaPorte

(Los Angeles, CA) In Nome, Alaska there is an estimated two billion dollars’ worth of gold waiting to be discovered in the most unlikely of places. In the depths of the frigid, unpredictable Bering Sea, miners are willing to risk it all for the chance to strike it rich. As competition grows fiercer, these miners return to the sea and surrounding shores with new sights in mind: to seek redemption, build an empire, or for some, to defend their crown… even if that means diving well into winter, something they haven’t done in years… when 20 below zero is considered a warm day. The all-new season of ‘BERING SEA GOLD’ premieres Friday, May 15 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

For these miners, the key to survival is in their ability to adapt as they will be forced to employ all new technology and tactics to not only go up against the brutality of Mother Nature, but also each other in order to stake new claims. Following a record-breaking heat wave in Nome, the clock is ticking as the sediment on the ocean floor begins to kick up, putting all of their known claims at risk. But the ocean floor isn’t the only adversary. Last season, Shawn Pomrenke, the former ‘Mr. Gold,’ was knocked off his throne by Ken Kerr and left him stuck on shore with a bad business deal, while Kerr went to stake his dominance. 

The Eroica captain, Emily Riedel, also has a secret weapon this season; she’s brought diver Daryl Galipeau back into the game in the hopes of venturing into untouched areas and rising up against her competitors. Kris Kelly heads into this season ready to find new ground and expand his empire without anyone getting in the way. With an offer for new equipment, the stakes are high as he must “go big or go broke” to finally join the ranks of the mega-miners. Vernon Adkison is back exploring the next big gold strike along with his daughter Elaine who hopes to learn from the best. With everything at stake in Nome, is the Bering Sea big enough for each of these miners to find success? This season, there’s no telling which way the tide will turn. 

And later this season: when winter sets in and the Bering Sea freezes over, for the first time in years the miners will dive under a solid sheet of Bering Sea ice to stay on the trail of gold. At less than 2 feet thick in spots, the ice is barely what most miners consider safe enough. So the question is: How long will this year’s ice even last, and how much is each miner willing to risk as they attempt the most dangerous and unpredictable ice mining season on record?

Ahead of the season premiere, viewers can tune in to a BERING SEA GOLD special at 10 PM ET/PT on May 8 to get caught up on all things gold.

In addition to watching the series on Discovery, viewers can check out new episodes each week by downloading the Discovery GO app. Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BeringSeaGold and follow Bering Sea Gold on Facebook, and Discovery on Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

BERING SEA GOLD is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions, a Fremantle company. For Original Productions, executive producers are Jeff Hasler, Brian Lovett, Ernie Avila, Jeff Meredith and Dave Freed. For Discovery Channel, executive producers are Todd Lefkowitz and John Slaughter and associate producer is Jessica Mollo.

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About Original Productions

Based in Los Angeles, Original Productions (OP) is a production company that believes in telling engaging stories about the people and world around us. Original Productions produces hundreds of hours of authentic unscripted programming each year, making it one of the largest innovators of content in the US. More than 180 countries world-wide are watching OP’s hit shows such as Deadliest CatchBering Sea Gold, and the all new Monster Garage on Discovery, Storage Wars on A&E, and Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC.