In 2016 it has a brand new home, premiering for the first time ever during Shark Week featuring host Andrew "ET" Ettingshausen.
Discovery Networks today announced the production of the fifth season of its award-winning flagship local production, Abalone Wars, which ventures inside the high stakes game of one of the world’s most dangerous professions: abalone diving.
Discovery Channel is back in the fishing town of Port Lincoln to follow the hardcore abalone dive crews as they battle to fulfill multi-million dollar quotas. The Southern Ocean, off the tip of South Australia, is home to more sharks per square kilometre than almost anywhere else in the world, so it’s fitting that season five of Abalone Wars will see its season return during Shark Week 2016. Shark Week host Andrew “ET” Ettingshausen is even heading down this season to try his hand at this dangerous profession.
“Abalone Wars has become synonymous with Discovery Channel,” said Mandy Pattinson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. “Over the years it has achieved great success in New Zealand as well as internationally, and its inclusion in Shark Week 2016 will further strengthen the fantastic lineup of premiere programming secured for this annual broadcast event. We’re incredibly proud to continue to bring this world-class franchise to SKY subscribers and thrilled to welcome back our crews. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the new season.”
Every day beneath the waves is a fight for survival, but when millions of dollars’ worth of abalone lay waiting just below the surface, who can resist?
This unique story was uncovered through Discovery Networks’ annual local production initiative - Discovery Ignite.
Produced by the Dunedin-based Emmy Award® winning NHNZ, Abalone Wars season five will premiere on Discovery Channel during Shark Week in late 2016.