MCBA Pistis Award

Presented yearly to honor persons and/or organizations outside the charter boat industry for their assistance, support and contribution to the improvement and well being of the Michigan Charter Boat Association, the charter industry and sport fishing in general.

1984 – Charles Pistis, Michigan Sea Grant Agent

1985 – Myrl Keller, DNR Biologist, Charlevoix Research Station

1986 – Dr. Ed Mahoney, Michigan State University

1987 – Bill Bishoff, Lansing Businessman, Active MCBA Supporter

1988 – Sue Wagner, Michigan Travel Bureau

1989 – Michigan Sea Grant Program

1990 – Michigan Boating Industries Association

1991 – Rob Elliott & Glenn Bamer, M.S.U. Researchers

1992 – Jerry Bartnik, State Representative

1993 – Dr. Howard Tanner, Father of the Coho in Michigan
1993 – John M. Robertson, Michigan Fisheries Chief, DNR

1994 – Tod Griseke, Biologist MUCC

1995 – Dan Thomas, Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council

1996 – Dean Fred Poston, Michigan State University

1997 – Jim Johnson, Michigan DNR

1998 – Paul Wendler, Michigan Advisor to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission

1999 – Joan Duffy, Michigan DNR
1999 – Jim VanDermass, MSSFA


2000 – John Wernet, Assistant Attorney General in charge Native American Affairs Division
2000 – Peter Stetketee, Attorney for MUCC

2001 – Brandon Schroeder, Fisheries Specialist, MUCC

2002 – Gerry Rakoczy, Research Biologist, Charlevoix Research Station

2003 – Dr. Wayne Tody, Michigan Fisheries Chief, DNR

2004 – Tom Rozich, MDNR Fisheries Biologist – Cadillac

2005 – Stan Lievense, MDNR & Michigan’s official “Coho Ambassador”

2006 – Carlos Fetterholf, Great Lakes Fishery Commission

2007 – Ray Underwood, MBIA Executive Director

2008 – Dave Fielder, MDNR Senior Fisheries Biologist

2009 – Henri Boucher, Vice President, ShowSpan Inc.

2010 – Bob Garner, Host: Michigan Out Doors; NRC & Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board of Trustees

2011 – Captain Dean Hobbs, “Badger” MCBA Chief Drug Administrative Officer

2012 – Dr. Kelly Smith, Michigan Natural Resources Director

2013 – Maxine Appleby, MCBA Webmaster

2014 – Dr. Kenneth E. Merckel, Lake Huron Citizens Fishery Advisory

2015 – Steve Schultz, Lawyer for Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources

2016 – Jon Bumstead, State Representative 100th House District

2017 – Daniel O’Keefe, Michigan Sea Grant Agent
2017 – Jenny (Grinold) Gallegos , Special Award


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.

Download an agenda (click here)

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