When the sixteenth season of Deadliest Catch rolled out, fans were surprised with a pleasant addition to the team. The Alaskan native Maria Dosal had joined Captain Josh Harris as a deckhand. The recruitment came after Captain Harris revealed that he wanted to hire a new hand to speed up production. In came, Maria Dosal. In her late twenties, Maria is the epitome of what women can accomplish if they put their minds to it. In this article, we take a closer look at what little is known about Maria Dosal.
Upbringing and Family
Maria Liliana Dosal was born in March 1993 in King Cove, Alaska, a small town with a strong fishing tradition. She grew up appreciating the beauty and bounty of the ocean, but also its dangers and difficulties. She learned to fish from her family. She also actively pursued her formal education and after completing high school she joined university. She studied physiology at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Before getting into commercial fishing, Maria worked an office job as Administrative Assistant. She then worked as Wellness Advocate in Anchorage, Alaska advocating and promoting natural health and well-being through doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
Maria then landed her first job as a deckhand in June 2015. She got the chance to work as a deckhand for the vessel F/V Pacific Quest. She switched boats after a two-year stay and started working in the F/V Nicholas Michael. She made the switch to Cornelia Marie in the winter of 2019. Maria faced many challenges and hardships on Cornelia Marie, as she struggled to keep up with the physical demands of the job. She had trouble throwing the diver bags far enough to avoid tangling the pots and lines, which could damage the boat or cost them money. She also had to endure negative 20-degree winds and long hours of work.
Despite these difficulties, Maria proved herself to be a tough and resilient deckhand, who could handle the blood, sweat and tears that went into the making of the show. She earned the respect of her captains and colleagues, who praised her as a badass chick who knew what she was doing. She also added some diversity and interest to the show, as fans were pleasantly surprised to see a female deckhand on board the Cornelia Marie.
Deadliest Catch Appearances
When Maria was offered a chance to work on Deadliest Catch, she was more than happy. After all, the series was a gateway for Maria to achieve fame and also do what she likes best. She first teased her appearance in an Instagram post captioned,
” I did this thing last fall out on the Bering Sea called King Crabbing. It just so happens the boat I was on, The Cornelia Marie is featured on this show called Deadliest Catch. I think they might occasionally show me doing some really hard things on deck. So if you have cable and you’re stuck at home like everyone is, check it out!. Blood, sweat, and a lot of tears went into the making of this. I can absolutely vouch for that.”
A couple of days after teasing her appearance in Deadliest Catch, Maria revealed some more details about her appearance,
“Tonight on [Deadliest Catch] you’ll get to witness how I spent my winter. It was a long, hard, cold, tough, and rough season and I still can’t believe I did the damn thing.”
She continued to recount her experience in the series and revealed that it was fun to work in a crab boat, she had to go through massive pains. She summarized her entire experience in a few words, “It’s been real, and it’s been fun, but it ain’t been real fun.”
As of 2023, Cornelia Marie no longer appears on Deadliest Catch after Josh Harris was fired from the show. Meanwhile, Maria seems to have switched the boat as she appeared as deckhand of fishing vessel Summer Bay during season 19 of Deadliest Catch.
In addition to being a television personality and commercial fisherman, Maria is also a musician. She loves to play string instruments like guitars, and ukuleles. She also enjoys dirt biking and spending time with her family. Maria is active on social media, where she shares her experiences and photos from her fishing adventures.
As of 2023, Maria Dosal has a net worth of $200,000 which she made through her profession as a Deckhand and reality Television actor.
Personal Life-Marriage & Kids?
Maria Dosal is not married but she is not single either. She is committed to her to be husband Mark Schwantes. The pair got engaged on September 14, 2020. Mark shares a passion for adventure and fishing. He works as an Assistant Guide at Lockey U Outfitters. Also, he is the owner and operator at Schwantes Welding and Fabrication.
Maira and Mark seem to have a loving relationship and are parents to their lovely daughter Hazel Mae Schwantes who was born in May 2021. Even though the two have been engaged for several years now, they have not shared any marriage plan.
While Maria Dosal is happily settled this is not the first time she committed to a relationship. She previously dated fellow fisherman Ry MacDonald. The two were in a relationship for over a year. During their time together Maria also posted their pictures together on Social Media accounts but deleted them after the breakup. Neither of the two disclosed the reason for the breakup.