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Primatech wins $7 milcontract for PMRF jobs

BARKING SANDS — U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink yesterday announced Primatech

Construction, Inc. was awarded a $7,198,000 U.S. Navy contract for work at the

Pacific Missile Range Facility here.

The Honolulu firm, which used to have

a Lihu’e office, will construct two, earth-covered, reinforced concrete missile

magazines, and a large, above-ground, metal missile assembly building.

“I

am pleased that this contract was won by a Hawai’i small business firm,” Mink

said.

Primatech, a contractor on the county’s Kilauea Neighborhood Center

gym project, is led by Jack Ho, and was awarded the contract after the Navy

reviewed 40 proposals and received seven offers.

Mink also was able to get

wording and $1.2 million into legislation in Washington, D.C. to fund observer

positions mandated by a federal judge to be aboard all long-line fishing

vessels in Hawai’i’s fleet.

She filed her amendment to the National Marine

Fisheries Service appropriation legislation last week, prior to federal Judge

David Ezra’s ruling that 100 percent of the fishing fleet must have observers

aboard, or all longline fishing must cease within 30 days.

The longline

fishing fleet is 130 vessels, employs 2,000 people, and is a $165 million

industry.

Mink made an impassioned plea to U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers,

committee chair, citing the threat to Hawai’i’s fishing industry posed by

noncompliance by NMFS with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act to

monitor the fleet to prevent accidental hooking or netting of endangered sea

turtles, shearwaters and other animals.

After Mink’s speech, Rogers

recommended adoption of the amendment.

“Passage of my amendment on the

floor of the House will allow further negotiations with NMFS regarding their

compliance efforts with the National Environmental Policy Act,” Mink

said.

“It is critical that we both protect these endangered species and

ensure the survival of the Hawai’i-based fishing industry,” she added.

“The

approval of my amendment will signal to the court that there is a good-faith

effort being made in Congress to meet the requirements of the law,” Mink

continued.

“I hope it can serve as the basis for modification of the

decree, and to give the industry and the NMFS more time to address these

important issues.”

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