By Capt. Eric Anderson, President

The Pistis Award is given in Honor of Chuck Pistis, former Michigan Sea Grant Program Director. It honors an individual or organization outside MCBA who is a defender of our Great Lakes and natural resources.

This year the Michigan Charter Boat Association proudly presented the Pistis Award to Roger Greil manager of Lake Superior State University’s Aquatic Research Laboratory. In his nearly 30 years as laboratory manager, Greil has played an active role in training hundreds of undergraduate students in fish culture management, many of whom have gone on to pursuer successful careers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Nearly two thirds of all fish production staff in the MDNR are LSSU alumni!

In addition to student training, Greil has overseen the development of the Atlantic salmon rearing program, which has been highly successful in Lake Huron and has resulted in creating a “world class” fishery. Greil is also a tireless advocate for the Great Lakes fisheries in general. He has been the recipient of two State of Michigan Outstanding Partnership Awards and the Grayling Award from the American Fisheries Society.

“It is my honor to present Roger Greil with the 2018 Pistis Award,” said President Eric Anderson.

Greil received the prestigious award during ceremonies at the MCBA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet held at the Great Wolfe Lodge in Traverse City the weekend of October 20. Greil was also the evening’s guest speaker, discussing LSSU’s Atlantic salmon program and the progress the Atlantics’ are making in the Lake Huron fishery.

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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