2017 Fall

From the Helm . . .

As I write this column for this September issue of the Cannonball it’s looking like a much better summer for MCBA Captains on Lake Michigan in 2017 . King Salmon numbers seem to be up from over the last several years… King Salmon were big and that seems to be holding true with Coho Salmon as well. From personal observation in my area, the Betsie River is having one of the best runs of King Salmon since 2012 with many vehicles parked along roads near the Betsie. I am looking forward to this year’s MDNR creel data this coming winter.

On August 30, I attended the Lake Huron Citizens Advisory Meeting at Jay’s in Clare. A few of the highlights from this meeting for our Lake Huron captains: In MH-1 (Northern Lake Huron), the lake trout harvest by sport an- glers is over the total allowable catch (TAC) by roughly 30,000 lbs. This is in regards to the tribal consent decree for Lake Huron waters. It is worrisome as the MDNR was talking about a three-bag limit per angler down to two fish per angler. Our captains need to know this who fish Lake Huron waters. Atlantic salmon are being dropped next year from approximately 175,000 to 100,000 plants due to overcrowding and sickness at the Platte River Hatchery. Plans are to release the young At- lantics at Lexington and St. Mary’s River for the best survival of the smolts. The walleye by -catch issue between commercial netters and sport anglers is still ongoing in the Saginaw Bay area at this time. The proposed new Commercial Fishing Statue is on hold as of this time. MCBA will report to our membership when we have any news on this item.

In July, Captain Jim Bennett and I attended the NRC meeting in Lansing at the Lansing Center. We both presented our reasons to r move the chumming ban on Michigan rivers. From what we see it will take our captains writing letters to state congressional representatives to make a difference regarding this new law.

In closing, I hope to see you at our annual workshop and banquet at the Double Tree Ho- tel, Holland MI. in October. Dates are from the 20th through the 22nd. We have a good line up of MDNR fisheries people who will provide the latest in Michigan’s fishery news.

Kind regards,

Captain Eric Andersen MCBA President


Mailing Address: 9760 Judd Road Willis, MI 48191 1-800-622-2971

Due to an issue with AV equipment, the passenger vessel workshop will be held at Wayne County Community College - Downtown Campus. The address is listed below. All of the emails I received from RSVP have been notified. Please spread the word widely. We will have a member from CG Sector Detroit at the previous location for those that don't get the word, but don't want anyone to miss out on any of the info being passed. Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is hosting an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) Workshop at the Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus to provide information to charter vessel owners/operators. Attendees will become familiar with federal and state charter vessel regulations, federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, what to expect when boarded by law enforcement on the water, U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentialing processes, legal liability considerations when operating a vessel commercially, how to schedule a Coast Guard Auxiliary voluntary safety exam and how and who to report illegal charter vessel operations. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with federal and state maritime law enforcement, as well as other operators. Our hope is this workshop will reduce the number of illegal charter vessel operations, which place the public at risk, especially when these vessels are operated by untrained/inexperienced mariners or without proper safety equipment.

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Location: Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus, 801 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226, Frank Hayden Community Room, Room 236
Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM
Parking: Free in Lot #3