Discovery’s ‘Bering Sea Gold’ Season 8 Gets Premiere Date, Promo – and Vernon Adkison’s Return (Exclusive)

Nome, Alaska, plundering returns next month

Discovery has set the premiere date for Season 8 of its hit underwater treasure-hunting series, “Bering Sea Gold.” The popular cable channel has also put together a first-look promo for the fall run — err, float — which includes the return of Vernon Adkison on his custom-built “Gold Ship.”

And because you are our gems, dear reader, TheWrap put it all together here for the show’s rabid fans.

The Nome, Alaska, plunder begins Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 9/8c on Discovery Channel.

Get your first look via the video above.

This season, Shawn Pomrenke feels the pressure from his newest competitor, Ken Kerr, as he tries to stay atop Nome’s gold mining heap. The threat to Shawn’s reign is looming as Ken’s 600-ton gold-digging behemoth is primed and ready, dwarfing everything currently on the water. The pressure is on Shawn to get his own mega-dredge monster on the water as soon as he can.

Meanwhile, Adkison’s return is muddied by early challenges as he tries to navigate his dredge 1,000 miles down the treacherous Yukon River. Vernon had been off the show since 2016, so let’s just say he’s had time to work out the kinks.

Emily Riedel, the most successful female dredge owner in Nome, sets her sights on an even bigger payday than last season, but she faces many tough obstacles including a close call that could force her to lose her entire dredge to the Bering Sea forever.

Finally, Kris, Brad and Andy Kelly are coming off their best season ever and are ready to make their lofty gold-mining expectations a reality. They return to the promising ground at The Bluff, but Kris is dead set to lead his family into the future by claiming remote grounds they can call their own.

“Bering Sea Gold” is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions, a Fremantle Media company.  For Original Productions, executive producers are Jeff Hasler, Brian Lovett, Ernie Avila, Jeff Meredith and Dave Freed. For Discovery Channel, John Slaughter is executive producer and Jessica Mollo is associate producer.