Delmarva Charter Boat Operators Workshop set April 16


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1:48 p.m., March 8, 2011----The eighth Delmarva Charter Boat Operators Workshop will be held Saturday, April 16. The one-day program will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Marlin Club in Ocean City, Md.

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Organized jointly by the Delaware and Maryland Sea Grant programs, the workshop will focus on charter business management, marketing strategy, boat safety, maritime law and legal issues, fishery resource updates for charter and head boats, and eco-tourism.

“We encourage all charter captains, owners, and marina business management staff to participate, as well as those individuals interested in entering the charter or eco-tourism industry,” said Charlie Petrocci, maritime heritage specialist representing the Maryland Sea Grant Program.

“The workshop will provide a great opportunity for boat owners to come together to learn about improving the management of their businesses and to discuss mutual issues and challenges,” added John Ewart, fisheries specialist with Delaware Sea Grant.

The workshop will offer a variety of presentations representing important topics for the charter boat operator, including legal issues concerning your boat, business management, marketing and advertizing, customer relations, and the truth about insurance needs. Program topics will also focus on current Coast Guard safety and security issues, and new fisheries management programs.

Seminar speakers are regional professionals in their respective fields. The event is a good opportunity to participate in a casual program dedicated to helping the charter boat operator deal with current and anticipated challenges in small business management.

Attendance will be held to 50 participants and available seating is expected to fill quickly, so advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Registration cost for the workshop, which includes a continental breakfast, luncheon, and all resource materials and handouts, is $40 per person. On-site registration will be limited and the registration fee will increase to $50.

To sign up, complete the registration form and make your check payable to the University of Delaware. Mail your form and check to Michelle Scorziello, Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958, ATTN: Charter Boat Workshop. The registration deadline is Friday, April 8.

For additional information about the program agenda, visit the workshop website or contact Ewart at 302-645-4060 or [].