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Bering Sea Gold

Bering Sea Gold

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Photo Credit:  Dawson Childers / Discovery Channel
  • Premiered: 
    January 27, 2012
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: gold mining

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Plot Synopsis

BERING SEA GOLD follows multiple gold dredges and their crews, as they scour the bottom of the frigid and unpredictable Bering Sea for precious metal. In the Summer when the ice pack melts in Nome, Alaska, this isolated, ramshackle town of eccentrics and outcasts booms with excitement, because pioneer gold seekers rush to get out onto the water. Miners dive and dredge to scour the bottom of the sea from custom built, barely seaworthy rigs -- in a race to haul in as much gold as possible before the waters become too frigid to dive. The dredges range wildly in size and sophistication, but all have crews whose very livelihoods depend on finding gold. The gold dredges are: The Christine Rose (Seasons 1-3), an 80-foot barge run by Steve Pomrenke and captained by his son Shawn, which is more than three times larger than any other craft in these waters; The Clark (Seasons 1 & 3), the youngest boat in the fleet, which was captained by Nome native Zeke Tenhoff, who built the dredge from junkyard scrap; The Eroica (fka The Edge) (Seasons 2 & 3), which Zeke selected to replace The Clark because it's a bigger, souped-up dredge with a powerful and dangerous suction hose, with a crew of Zeke's on-again, off-again love interest Emily Riedel as deckhand and Zeke's lifelong best friend, John Bunce, an experienced diver and gold dredger; The Sluicey (Season 1), a modified skiff that barely seated two, which was owned by Ian Foster, who quit his job as a social worker, sank his life savings into his rig, and took one shot at making his living as a gold dredger; The Wild Ranger (Seasons 1-3), which is owned by retired military man Vernon Adkison and captained by rookie Scott Meisterheim in Season 1, whose motivation for finding gold was over $100,000 in back child support payments; The Anchor Management (Season 2), which Scott purchased with $150,000 he borrowed from some 'bad people,' as he tries to show he's not the incompetent thief he was accused of being on The Wild Ranger in Season 1; The Minnow (Season 3), which was Steve Riedel's new dredge; and The Gold Grabber (Season 3), on which Scott works as a deckhand for Captain Hank Schimschat. Discovery aired the Season 2 premiere of this series on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10pm ET. BERING SEA GOLD returned for its third season on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery. In Season 3, this series follows six dredge, including: The Christine Rose, as Shawn faces off against a rival from another boat; The Wild Ranger, as Vernon dredges off of the mystic Sledge Island, which is supposedly rich with gold; The Eroica (formerly The Edge), as Emily Riedel steps it up as a leader after her fallout with boyfriend Zeke; The Clark, which returns after a year off, with Zeke at the helm after battling and firing his former love interest, Emily; newcomer The Minnow, helmed by Steve Riedel, who's trying to steer clear of his nemesis, Scott; and The Gold Grabber, captained by Hank Schimschat, from whom Scott must learn to take orders instead of giving them, as he now works as a deckhand. On Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, Discovery premiered the fourth season of BERING SEA GOLD. Summertime in Nome brings a flood of miners all staking claim to what was once a closely kept secret - two small gold-rich areas off the coast of Alaska. With more competition and a short Alaskan summer, the miners battle treacherous conditions and each other in hopes of finding gold. But how much can they push their crews before major injury - or even death - strikes? With the stakes greater than ever, it isn't long before drama hits the Bering Sea. And for most of these operations, it's a family affair with guarded secrets and techniques to find the gold. Back for her second year as captain is 26-year-old Emily Riedel, Alaska's first and only female dredge owner. Emily came to Nome, following in the footsteps of her dad Steve (who was fired from his first dredge, failed at ice mining and lost his dredge last summer after it got repossessed). Last winter, Emily floundered as captain pulling in just four ounces of gold and spending a fortune on new, cutting-edge equipment. Will this be the season that Emily proves that "the best man for the job" is actually a woman? Meanwhile, Shawn Pomrenke aka "Mr. Gold" and his dad Steve on The Christie Rose are gunning for their first ever 1,000-ounce season. But they're keeping a close eye on sophomore skipper Hank Schimschat, whose 80-foot barge proves to be tougher competition than anyone expected. Discovery premiered the fifth season of BERING SEA GOLD on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT. After chaos reigned last winter, new regulations are now in place making the winter mining season even shorter -- with the miners scrambling to turn a profit in less than one month. But just how far can the ambitious miners push before disaster strikes? For the only female dredge owner in the fleet, 27-year-old Emily Riedel makes a bold choice by taking on the first-ever all female gold dredging team. But will this experiment pay off? Or will Emily once again face mutiny on the Bering Sea? But that's not the only bold choice that Emily makes. This season, she pairs up once again with her former boyfriend turned fierce rival Zeke Tenhoff. Meanwhile, Sean Pomrenke, AKA "Mr. Gold," is using the short season to follow his dream -- to search for gold on a remote claim that is long rumored to be full of gold. Also returning this season are Vernon Adkison, who once again, has sunk a small fortune into his mining operation, and the fightin' Kelly boys with Kris Kelly heading up the The Paddy Wagon, a rudimentary dredge at best. Season 6 of BERING SEA GOLD premiered on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following an a five-hour marathon (4-9pm) of encore episodes. This season, no one takes bigger risks than the Pomrenke family. Shawn, aka Mr. Gold, ventures 100 miles to an unproven claim at "The Bluff" while his father sinks the family fortune into a new inland mining operation. Meanwhile, despite owning her own dredge, The Eroica, Emily Riedel has trouble scrounging up a crew. Her former flame Zeke Tenhoff would rather mine for a large corporation than spend one more season on the water with Emily. On the Reaper, Brad Kelly has big plans to strike it rich by purchasing 40 acres of off-shore claims, but first needs to convince his sons to bury the hatchet and rejoin the family business. Meanwhile, Vernon Adkison feels pressure from investors when he struggles to find a ship to launch his "golden seahorse," and veteran miner Derek McLarty spends every penny he has to join the ranks as captain of his own brand new, guitar-shaped dredge: the High Noon. Season 7 of BERING SEA GOLD premiered on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel, immediately following a 12-hour marathon (9am-9pm) of encore episodes. With the 2016 ice-mining season underway, a modern-day gold rush sparks in Nome, Alaska, when Shawn Pomrenke offers the gold mining fleet access to his 160-acre claim of untouched Bering Sea floor. Rumored to contain millions of dollars in gold, the miners risk everything to try their luck on the untapped terrain. But access comes at a price. While they're allowed to dredge Shawn's virgin Claim 38, they must hand over 20% of their gold and, most importantly, valuable GPS coordinates. This means when the ice thaws and Shawn's new mega dredge hits the water, he can get on the gold immediately in the summer with his mega-dredge that will dwarf the Christine Rose. For the fleet, Shawn's new virgin territory offers big risk and big return. Drill logs show the claim to contain upwards of 15 million dollars' worth of gold. With this in mind, Zeke Tenhoff will do whatever it takes to have a successful season, including continuing his unlikely partnership with former flame, Emily Riedel. Relying on her to handle the business so that he can focus on the mining, the explosive duo re-unite in hopes of finally striking it rich. And for Vernon Adkison, the consummate dreamer, this season represents his best and possibly final chance to make it as a gold miner. Season 8 of BERING SEA GOLD premiered on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery, two weeks later than originally scheduled. This season, Shawn Pomrenke struggles to hold together his family's flourishing mining empire. Staking their future on 10,000 acres of property thought to contain a quarter-billion dollars in gold, closing the deal requires a $3 million down payment. To finance the transaction, Shawn returns to the Bluff, a remote location 100 miles east of Nome. With the family's future and his reputation on the line, Shawn needs a big payout. Anything less and the entire empire could come tumbling down. Meanwhile, Zeke Tenhoff continues his alliance with former flame Emily Riedel. The pair heads 26 miles off shore to Sledge Island, a mysterious, deserted, volcanic formation fabled to have mounds of gold in its unexplored waters. If the duo can make it across the open ocean in their tiny dredge and manage to find gold, they'll be at the top of Nome's new gold game. After five years of scheming and scamming, most of Nome harbors a severe distrust of the Kelly family, making it difficult for them to get access to good mining ground. This season, Kris has been elevated to captain, with the hope of turning things around, pulling his family's finances - and reputation - out of the gutter. This summer, he'll make sure everything works, including his dad and brother but with bridges burned, options are running out for the Kellys. If Kris can't learn to overcome the odds by legitimate means, it could sink his mining ambitions for good. Nome newcomer George Young hopes to create his own gold mining enterprise and get out from under his older brother's shadow. An avid outdoorsman, diver, sport shooter, skier and passionate adventurer, George is clearly undeterred by the pick-up truck accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. In debt from buying and outfitting the dredge, he sets his sights high from deep in the hole. Like so many before him, George thinks he has what it takes to hit a golden payday. He just hopes that unlike all those others, he's right.
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On Friday, August 11, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, Discovery premiered the eighth season of BERING SEA GOLD. In the winter ice-mining season, the miners will face even bigger challenges and more risks in hopes of hitting the motherlode under the ice. With livelihoods at stake, Shawn Pomrenke and his crew focus on building a mega-dredge that dwarfs anything on the Bering Sea -- a risk that will could catapult his operation. Or could sink the entire business before even getting started. Last summer, was a tough season for Shawn Pomrenke, aka Mr. Gold, who was outbid by other miners for the Nome Gold claim. In his quest to grab the reins and lead his father's company into the future, Shawn staked a claim at the remote, uninhabitable Alaskan badlands known as The Bluff, but will his claim be rejected? If it is, The Bluff will be open to anyone willing to make the arduous trek with a six-inch dredge. Meanwhile, Kris Kelly is determined to follow Shawn to The Bluff regardless of his shoddy equipment and less than enthused father and brother. Will the Kellys risk their lives to get the big gold at The Bluff before Shawn? Zeke Tenhoff and Emily Riedel had success mining Hastings Creek last summer. Since then, Zeke cut ties with Emily, but until Zeke proves that there's enough gold there to file an official claim, Hastings is open ground, waiting for whomever wants to race for the gold. Determined to finally have a successful season at the helm, Emily hires two veteran divers who must get out to Hastings coordinates before Zeke. And if Hastings Creek is a bust, Zeke and Emily can always trek out to the rumored motherlode at The Bluff.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Original Productions

Settings

  • - Nome, Alaska USA