In Anahuac, Texas, Troy Landry and R.J. Molinere are working across state lines to help local hunters Coy Farmer and Jay Foster fill their tags in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Coy shares the after-math and damage to his home after the hurricane hit. With prices reaching an all-time low in the alligator hunting industry, Troy Landry will fight to the very end to save his business and family. Season nine of HISTORY’s hit series ‘Swamp People’ premiered Thursday, February 1 at 9PM ET on HISTORY. As the new alligator hunting season begins, the swampers’ very way of life is under siege. The alligator hunting industry is on the verge of collapse due to the lowest prices in history. Some buyers aren’t purchasing anything this year, and there’s talk that the wild alligator industry might disappear completely. Facing bigger obstacles than ever before, Troy calls a meeting of the patriarchs from the swamp’s main gator hunting families: RJ Molinere, Daniel Edgar and Bruce Mitchell. Together, they form a “Cajun Cartel,” and for the first time ever, they put their differences aside to work as a team, and fight to keep their industry alive. In the special 2-hour season premiere, with his industry on the verge of collapse, Troy urges the Landry family to hunt quickly and save on expenses. Holden struggles to shed bad habits, and Chase returns to his careless ways. Meanwhile, Dorien Edgar makes a dramatic decision, and the Molinere’s switch roles. Then, Chase and Jacob struggle for command of the boat. Holden steps up. Daniel tries out a new deckhand. Bruce and Ron’s partnership is on the line. #SwampPeople
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