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When the words “reality star” and “probation” go together, most people will automatically assume something has happened involving drugs or violence.

For “Deadliest Catch” star Sean Dwyer, probation was the result after Alaska’s Fish and Game authorities discovered that he was using an illegal method to catch his crabs.

“According to court docs […] Alaska’s Fish & Game officials busted Dwyer for having a crab pot on the F/V Brenna A with an undersized escape mechanism. For you landlubbers — crab pots must have an [18-inch] hatch held closed by biodegradable ties. It’s designed to give crabs a chance to escape pots that get lost at sea,” TMZ reported on Friday.

Because his pot didn’t allow crabs the chance to escape if Dwyer forgot about his catch, the reality star is now out $1,500 and will be placed on probation for two years.

At just 23 years old, Dwyer is the youngest captain on “Deadliest Catch,” an honor he doesn’t take lightly.

“When I started this whole thing with the show, I was pretty skeptical of it all. [‘Deadliest Catch’ captain] Sig Hansen had explained to me before this season that the show is really like a documentary, so I gave it a try. I’m excited to show how my family dealt with my dad’s ALS and how it wasn’t something that defined him,” Dwyer told the New York Post.

“We continue to show our support through the independent research laboratory ALS.net and hope that a cure or treatment can be found soon. We tried to make the best of our situation — and maybe by watching myself and my family on ‘Deadliest Catch,’ others will do the same.”

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