2018 Spring Secretary Report

If you have  fishing  reports you’d like to share with potential charter guests, please send them to me: MCBA Secretary John Giszczak;  fishstraycat@gmail.com. Reports are posted on the MCBA website and the name of your business will be posted with your fishing report. Please include a picture. It makes the post more interesting and will make it much more likely that potential guests will contact you about a fishing trip. Pictures of fish must be clean (no blood showing) preferably taken on your boat, on the water. It’s a great opportunity to  showcase your business with little effort and “zero” cost.

The 2018 Membership Applications will be mailed  in  late  September.  Please  do  not  let them sit on your desk until 2018. A number of captains neglected to mail in their applications until after the December 31st deadline last year, and got burned; having to pay to be re- drug tested. Also, make sure your mates turn  in their applications as early as possible, to avoid potentially slower processing after the fishing season starts. I know it’s a pain but please fill out the application completely; if something is missing I have to assume you don’t want it in your listing.  I  occasionally make mistakes entering your data, so please don’t wait until the 2018 season is in full swing to check your listing and wonder why you’re  not getting any calls. It pays to check your list- ing at the beginning of every new membership year to be sure it is accurate, and then occasionally throughout the season, to be sure it is on-line and working for your business.

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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