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Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan Charter Boat Association, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Restaurant Association are pleased to partner on Catch & Cook – an effort to promote and encourage creative, yet safe, marketing of Michigan Great Lakes sports fish through a partnership with the charter fishing industry and local restaurants.

Would you like to have your services as a charter boat or restaurant participating in this program included in this website? It’s easy, just fill out a form by clicking here to *participate in Catch & Cook.  We’ll take it from there.

Catch & Cook recommends all participants take a food handling course that can be found online. Charter Boat Captains and Restaurants must have a valid Michigan business license.


The Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration were created by the Michigan Travel Commission, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, to elevate the status of Michigan’s tourism industry and to promote innovative collaboration as an effective, efficient and creative operating principle for the industry.

The inaugural awards were presented at the 2009 annual Tourism Conference. In the Experience Development & Presentation category, The “Michigan Catch & Cook” collaboration took the honors.  This collaboration included six partners: the Michigan Charter Boat Association, the Michigan Restaurant Association, the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Sea Grant and the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Anglers on the Great Lakes can set out on a charter boat in the morning and enjoy their fresh catch at a restaurant in the afternoon as a result of the collaboration of Michigan Catch and Cook.  The program is an innovative and compelling experience that brings recreational fishing and the restaurant industry together – expanding the services offered to clients by charter boat fishing companies, generating new business for restaurants and promoting Michigan’s Great Lakes.  The concept of lake to plate has enhanced the visitor experience not just with the catch but with the anticipation of a great meal ahead. 

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