Winter Presidents Report

From the Helm . . .
The 2017 year is coming to a close. By in large, most captains in our Association had a better fishing year than in 2016. That holds very true in salmon numbers and size for Lake Michigan. Lake Erie walleye fishing remains outstanding and biologists forecast the same in catch numbers over the next several years. Lake Huron captains are catching some Atlantic salmon along with lake trout. The Saginaw Bay walleye fishery remains strong. Some captains reported their summer trips were down on Saginaw Bay do to wind and wave conditions. Lake Superior salmon and lake trout remain about the same as in 2016.
In 2018, our MCBA board will be focusing on the upcoming 2020 Tribal Consent Decree. The cormorant issue, with the US Fish and Wildlife Service lack of response over the growing numbers of fish eating cormorants, is a major concern. Our membership will have to become proactive in writing letters to our Federal Senators and Congressmen in 2018. The board will be keeping our membership informed via e-blasts and updates in the Cannonball newsletter. Other issues of ongoing debate are the future of Pipeline Five that runs under the Straits of Mackinaw… lake trout catch numbers on Northern Lake Huron, and the bycatch commercial netting issue of walleye in Saginaw Bay is being closely watched by our board. We are still waiting for a decision at state level meetings over changes in the proposed commercial netting statue for commercial netting in Michigan waters.
At our annual fall business meeting in Holland, MI, we installed Captain CJ Anastor from the port of Grand Haven, MI as our new Southern Lake Michigan Director. He can be reached by cell phone at 616-402-3059. Captain Bill Winowiecki is our new Vice President and was our past Northern Lake Michigan Director for a number of years.
Our new Northern Lake Michigan Director is Captain Tony Radjenovich from the port of Leland, MI. Capt. Tony can be reached by cell phone at 231-886-0053.
Our new director for the U.P. is Captain Keith Wils from the port of Gladstone/ Big Bay DeNoc area. Capt. Keith can be reached by cell phone at 906-420-6454. To our new board members, a big welcome aboard from all of us at MCBA.
I wish to extend a big thank you to Captain Rich Haslett, our past Vice President, and to Captains Mike Nelson and Brian Helminen for their devotion as directors to MCBA.
In closing this winter 2017 newsletter, I wish to say to our membership …have a great and Merry Christmas with your family and friends. The officers and board hope the New Year brings our captains good catches and plenty of customers to their charter business.
Kind regards.
Captain Eric Andersen – President MCBA

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