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Phil Harris' sons are keeping hope alive for the Discovery Channel.
The seventh season of Deadliest Catch is a go, despite the abrupt departures of Capts. Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand and Sig Hansen, E! News confirmed Monday.
WIth shooting scheduled to start next week to coincide with the beginning of crab season, Jake and Josh Harris are picking up where their late father left off on the Cornelia Marie, which is now being helmed by Derrick Ray.
"Our Dad made a tremendous connection with so many fans and it is such a fitting tribute to his life that we, his sons, can remain fishing on the boat that he skippered for so many years," the Harris brothers said in a statement.
The Hillstrand brothers, who skippered Time Bandit, announced they were leaving the show last week after being sued by Discovery for breach of contract. Hansen, captain of the Northwestern and a big fan favorite, resigned in solidarity.