Michigan Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation Re-launch Announced

  The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) Board of Directors is proud to announce a new direction for the foundation, which was established in 1986 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, and has the mission to advance, promote and protect the recreational marine industry in Michigan.  “In our efforts to advance the industry through our Foundation, we have made a commitment to provide education and support to all of our members,” said RBIEF Director Jim Coburn.  “The new direction of RBIEF is expanded and will offer a wider scope of support and focuses on our members as a true member benefit.”

     Specifically, RBIEF’s new purpose is to offer financial assistance through full or matching tuition or registration support for MBIA members, member’s employees, family and students for both industry education and college scholarships. 

     RBIEF is a highly successful and well-respected program that has offered tuition support for students interested in pursuing careers in the recreational boating industry, awarding more than $340,000 to deserving students in Michigan over its 30 years of existence. 

     “Educational opportunities are abundant in the marine industry, and industry education serves supports the growth of our industry,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan.  We are excited to re-focus RBIEF to benefit MBIA members, their employees and their families.”

     RBIEF will offer full or partial funding assistance for MBIA members, employees, family and students to attend specific marine industry educational programs offered by local, statewide or national marine organizations such as MBIA’s Recreational Boating Educational Conference, ABYC’s Certification Workshops, NMMA American Boating Congress, manufacturer sponsored education, and MRAA’s Marine Dealer Conference and Expo.  

         RBIEF continues to be committed to sharing information about the many interesting and challenging jobs available within the boating industry.  “All industries can benefit from bright young minds and the perspectives of our younger generations,” said Coburn.  “We encourage everyone to learn more about Michigan’s $7.4 billion marine industry.

     The Michigan Boating Industries Association is a state-wide, non-profit organization representing more than 300 marine businesses in Michigan.  The boating industry in Michigan represents a $7.4 billion economic impact in Michigan, with more than 758 marinas, 460 marine dealers and more than 58,000 jobs.   For more information about RBIEF and the marine industry, visit MBIA’s website www.mbia.org.

Mr. Muskie Charters - Last Call
Well we are in the final stretch of our 2014 Fishing Season and what a season it has been. September proved to be a record month for Sturgeon fishing! We were able to boat a total of 49 Sturgeon and fished for 15 nights
Sturgeon Charters Have Started!
We wanted to let everyone know that we have started our Sturgeon charters in the St. Clair River and its channels. We have also added a new great upgrade to these charters by offering our clients an Executive Sturgeon Charter. We will be running Sturgeon charter from "Mr. Muskie III" our 31' Tiara.
Mr. Muskie Summer Sizzles
We are well into the peak of Muskie fishing season! We have had some very strange weather this summer, producing a wide range of temperatures and weather patterns. These weather changes have brought many storm fronts through the area, which has made for some really interesting days of fishing. The numbers of Muskie caught have been very good for the past month or so as we have averaged 7 to 9 fish boated per trip. However even on days with fewer fish we have noticed the quality of the Muskies has been excellent with the majority of them being over the 40 inch mark! The monster Muskies have also made their presence known in our live wells as we have boated 12 Muskies that were over the 30 pound mark and our largest of the season so far was 54 1/2 inches and weighed 39 pounds.
Mr. Muskie Charters - The Heat Is On
We are well into the 2014 fishing season and things are really heating up with the fishing. We have continued to have excellent days Bass fishing with catches exceeding the 8 dozen mark. The Canadian Bass season has opened recently and now we are able to hit some of our favorite Bass spots on the Canadian side. We have been getting some great action since the Canadian opener and anticipate those awesome catches to continue through late August.
Boating & Outdoor Festival to feature a Boat Show & so much more!
Hundreds of boats in water and on land plus: Bark Park with the Rock N Roll K9’s, Live music, Boat Demonstrations, Special features, The Bat Boat, Kids Zone and more!
Lake St. Clair a great North American fishing destination
The Lake St. Clair fishery - which includes fish, people and habitat - is widely regarded as one of the best in North America, and provides significant social and economic benefits. Fish such as yellow perch (the favorite food fish in the Great Lakes) and walleye represent significant protein sources. Economically, the Michigan waters of the Lake St. Clair system generated $36 million in economic activity in 2004 alone. Fishing is, for many, a lot of fun, and as a recreational fishery, it provides many physical and mental benefits to people. Moreover, a healthy fish population equals a more stable ecosystem.
Volunteers Needed for Selfridge Air Show
Mr. Muskie - The Swing of the Season
Well we are swinging through the 2014 season. We have wrapped up our Walleye fishing season in the Detroit River. We had some great success as well as many days with limit catches. It was an awesome start to the season and tons of fun was had by all our customers! We found that the early part of the Walleye season produced some huge Walleyes and the fishing was best on the Michigan side or the Detroit River.
Gov. Snyder proclaims June 7-14 Michigan Boating Week
New Fishing Expert
Lake St. Clair Tourism Announces New Fishing Video Blogger, Reporter Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, a non-profit formed five years ago to promote Lake St. Clair’s many assets, has announced an affiliation with an expert charter fishing captain who will provide regular fishing tips and reports, primarily through 2-5 minute video blogs. The videos will appear on the “Fishing” tab on the Tourlakestclair.org website and begin today.
Mr. Muskie Charters - May Madness !
We are now into May and our fishing season is well under way! We have been hitting the Walleyes down in the Detroit River since the start of April. The action has been getting better week by week. The monster Walleye are fewer and far between now but the numbers of Walleye being caught has increased tremendously. We have been catching many more of the good eating size between 18 and 22 inches.
Lake St. Clair Featured on Great Getaways Program
Our Lake St. Clair - Great Getaways will air again across the Country the second Week of May leading up to the Sprint & Splash. It will air locally (check the listings) on Saturday, May 10th at 11:30 a.m. In case you can't see it then, here it is online:
Stop Drowning Boats with Ethanol
After coming out of this great recession, it is likely that we all look for ways to save money where we can as we go through life. But important for boaters to know, even though it may cost less, E15 gasoline is not an option for boaters. The current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires more and more ethanol be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply despite the fuel's harmful effects on engines, including those of boats, but also those in automobiles, motorcycles and small equipment like chainsaws and lawnmowers.
MBIA offers FREE boating publication and safety kit
The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) is offering, free to the public, the 2014 edition of the Boat Michigan Annual Directory and a Boating Safety Information Kit. The Boat Michigan Annual Directory is the official handout at the Detroit Boat Show, Spring Boating Expo and Boating & Outdoor Festival.
The Start to Better Health is at Home!
Getting fit doesn't require signing up for the local yoga or spinning classes. Instead, getting adequate exercise can be found right in your living room. Try out these simple, targeted exercises to stay in shape.
Great Lakes Surf Shop Announces New Location
Brian LeFeve, owner of Great Lakes Surf Shop, has announced that they will be adding another location this spring at Lake St. Clair Metropark.
Michigan Boating Industries Association celebrates new Sales Tax on the Difference Law for boats sold in Michigan
Livonia, Mich., November 6, 2013 – Today, Governor Snyder signed into law Public Acts 159 and 160, which brings Sales Tax on the Difference (STOD) for Automobiles, RVs and Boats to Michigan.
2nd year sell out for MBIA's Detroit Boat Show & Spring Boating Expo
LIVONIA, MICH. - January 17, 2014 - In our rebounding economy, the Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center February 15-23, has doubled in size in just two years. In 2014, the show has two larger halls and, at 300,000 square feet of exhibition space, is again officially sold out. "It is great to be in this position as we know we will be offering a great display of boats, motors and accessories to those who attend the Detroit Boat Show," said Show Manager Nicki Polan.
MBIA Commends Governor Snyder for his pledge of $6 million to fight invasive species in the Great Lakes.
The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), on behalf of its 300 members and the industry's 54,000 employees, commends Governor Snyder for his leadership in pledging $6 million to fight invasive species threatening our Great Lakes in his recent budget proposal.
More trails, more water access recommended in public lands report
More public access to forests, lakes and trails are among the goals the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has in store for public lands. A department report details a strategy for increasing restoration, protection for natural resources and economic growth, said Donna Stine, the policy coordinator for the agency.
10 Reasons to Fish With Kids
This article, written by Macomb County resident, Tyler Reed, started off as a little piece in a local weekly newsletter and ended up on the home page of Bassmater.com! Check out the 10 reasons to fish with kids.....
Bigger again in 2014, the Detroit Boat Show cruises into Cobo Center Feb. 15-23
LIVONIA, MICH. - DECEMBER 10, 2013 - The 2014 Detroit Boat Show will cruise into Cobo Center February 15 - 23 with an impressive 300,000 square foot display of all things boating. Because of increasing demand for space, Michigan's largest boat show moves into bigger halls at Cobo allowing it to grow by 30,000 square feet over 2013. Hundreds of boats from 10 to 55 feet in length will be on display and for sale at great boat show prices.
Mr. Muskie Charters Season Recap!
Well the season has come to a close for Mr. Muskie Charters. We have pulled “Mr. Muskie Too” out for the season and plan on getting her all ready for next year. Taking a look back at the season it was an awesome year and we have to thank all of our customers for making this season a huge success! We should also give the fish some credit for making our trips very successful by cooperating and playing the game.
The Sturgeon Experience!
The Sturgeon fishing has begun and we are running our fall Sturgeon charters! We have had our first few trips out already and have had great results! We have boated as many as 3 fish in a trip and see a lot of action from other species like the catfish and sheep head while waiting for the Sturgeon to strike.
Boat sales see big gains in August - Michigan ranks third in sales growth
For the second month in a row, new-boat sales rose by double-digit percentages in the main powerboat segments and industry wide, helping builders continue a recovery from the effects of a cold, wet spring. Led by aluminum pontoon and fishing boats and outboard fiberglass boats, sales in the main segments rose 11.8 percent in August, or 769 boats, to 7,286, from the same month in 2012 in 26 early-reporting states representing about 60 percent of the U.S. market, according to figures compiled by Statistical Surveys.
Marshland Revived at Lake St. Clair Metropark
A new observation boardwalk was officially opened at Lake St. Clair Metropark on Wednesday in Harrison Township, as part of the grand opening of the newly restored and globally rare coastal marshlands at the park. The park’s nature center has also been updated.
Lake St. Clair Metropark kicks-off their new "Public Programs for Active Lifestyles" !
Lake St. Clair Metropark has a history of building long-lasting memories by providing entertainment and facilities for families to enjoy. The parkland also provides a great place for you to participate in outdoor activities. Paved fitness trails, swimming, golf, tennis, ball fields and volleyball all provide no or lost cost opportunities for an active lifestyle.
Storm Water Greenscape Project to improve water quality at Lake St. Clair Metropark
Project brings park improvements near $10 million mark. Storm water from a 4,200-car parking lot will no longer flow into the Black Creek once construction is completed on the $3.3 million Storm Water Greenscape Project at Lake St. Clair Metropark
Boating is Back in Michigan!
Greetings! Great news stories are right at your fingertips as the boating season in Michigan has officially kicked off!
Boating with pets
Keep your furry friends safe on board! Before you head out on your boat with pets, they should be wearing ID tags with your contact information, including your boat’s permanent location and slip number, a cell phone number and the number of a relative or land-based friend. If your pet has an ID microchip, make sure this information is included in your pet’s registry profile.
Best Smallmouth Fishing on the Planet
In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world.
"Great Lakes neighbors bet on wet" - from Crain's Detroit Business by Rod Kackley
Michigan's more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline -- combined with all of its rivers, streams and inland lakes -- hold the potential to wash the rust off the state.
Jim Dreyer intends to swim across Lake St. Clair towing a ton of bricks for Habitat for Humanity
Long-distance swimmer Jim Dreyer will attempt to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair towing a ton of bricks on two boats. He plans to begin the swim Aug. 5 and finish in 30 hours. He will swim without a support boat, leaving from the Clinton River Boat Club near Algonac and finishing at the Belle Isle Beach.
St. Clair Shores to host new winter festival!
Aqua Freeze organizers say the festival will include ice sculpture carving demonstrations from Jeff Wolf of Finesse Ice Carving and a polar bear plunge. Community groups and businesses will be involved including Wally's Frozen Custard, which will have a truck with coffee and hot chocolate, while the Optimists Club will cook chili dogs and St. Isaac Men's Club will provide a fish fry. They'll also have ice bowling, putt-putt golf and a pond hockey tournament.
August & September Report - Summer's Swing!
Well August is now past and it was a great month of fishing action. There were a lot of swinging weather patterns that had brought some tougher fishing days, however we boated fish in all these adverse conditions.
The Detroit Historical Museum Re-Opens in Grand Fashion
The people of metro Detroit have responded in a big way to the Grand Re-Opening of the Detroit Historical Museum, with more than 15,000 visiting during the Gala, Member Preview, Community Leaders Breakfast and the public opening weekend. Impressions were overwhelmingly positive as well, from strong media reviews to enthusiastic comments from visitors.
Take Precautions if You Go Boating at Night
BoatUS is reminding boaters that things look different on the water at night, and urges those venturing out after dark to talk some precautions.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan) named one of seven most outrageous American "castles" by CNN travel
Edsel Ford, lone son of auto titan Henry, would become president of Ford Motor Company by age 25, posing him the challenge of living up to his father's hulking legacy while setting his own bar over the next quarter century. In addition to legendary cars like the Lincoln Continental, Edsel would build an English Cotsworld-style family estate that -- for sheer style, taste and grandeur -- tops dad's Fair Lane digs in nearby Dearborn.
Muskie Charter Captain Reports Phenomenal Season
Kevin Backus, owner of Mr. Muskie Charters, says that he and his customers have enjoyed a blockbuster season with hundreds of fish caught on Lake St. Clair.
MBIA Encourages Michiganders to Discover Boating
New Way to Have Fun at Anchor this Season
Smallmouth Catches Get Rolling In The Deep - Detroit Free Press
The nearly 300 anglers who fished the Bassmasters Northern Open on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River and St. Clair Rivers last weekend caught and released 2,344 bass, nearly all smallmouths. Although some of the best bess anglers in the country fished waters among the top three on the continent for numbers and sized of smallmouths, only two fish weighed 6 pounds or better.
Rare Bird Sighting at LSC Metropark!
Avocets?! Rare bird watchers and photographers were coming out like crazy to see these rare birds on the beach! These are American Avocets. 55 of them were on the shore easily seen!
Circle the Lake Tour-signs Now Installed Around Macomb County
The Lake St. Clair Tourism Initiative, along with Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development have successfully started to install the 50 or so signs within Macomb County designating the travel route closest to Lake St. Clair. With the assistance of Mark Hackel, the local communities, and the Road Department of Macomb County, the signs are being fabricated and strategically installed. This is a year long effort by those associated with this project to bring greater awareness of the incredible assets associated with Lake St. Clair and all of the very interesting historic, cultural, or maritime venues that deserve a greater look.
Bassmaster Elite Series: World's best coming to nation's No. 1 bass lake, Lake St. Clair
Hotels in Macomb County are booked with schools of fisherman eager to watch the world's beast bass anglers duke it out of Lake St. Clair for a $100,000 prize.
Bassmaster Elite Series: Chris Lane casts far and wide, hauls in title on Lake St. Clair
Article by Lydia Lohrer, Detroit Free Press Special Writer, August 26, 2013-No photographers were punched. No fouls were called, Steroid use wasn't suspected, and mistresses failed to crawl out of the woodwork to humiliate anyone. There wasn't one bad sportsmanship - even with a $100,000 purse at stake.
Mr. Muskie Charters - Last Call
Despite rainy weather - AquaPalooza a huge sucess
Cloudy, chilly, rainy? No problem. Mother Nature tossed a mess into the second annual Aquapalooza concert festival on Lake St. Clair Saturday, but about 1,000 people, the hardiest of the Macomb County boating community, showed up anyway to rock with a series of bands playing from a barge in Belvidere Bay.
Bald Eagles at Lake St. Clair Metropark
Recently, a park employee at Lake St. Clair Metropark captured amazing photos of a Bald Eagle Soaring over Lake St. Clair. The Patron captured the shots while out on Huron Point!
Consider taking this Water Resources Survey
The Clinton River Watershed Council and communities in Southeast Michigan need your input about our water resources including the Clinton River, its tributaries and Lake St. Clair. Please consider taking this short 10 question survey and help improve your water resources today!
Nautical Mile Merchants Association Unveils New Website, Nauticalmile.org
The Nautical Mile Merchants Association has unveiled a new website which integrates more features and functionality created to make an impression on both new and returning users.