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#12-16-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Ketchikan: Fisherfolk welcome
A drive-down ramp will be a friendly welcome to the fishing community. Scheduled to begin being built in 2012, the new ramp and upgrading a of couple floats at Bar Harbor South is expected to cost about $9.5 million. The City of Ketchikan is asking the state to contribute about $4.7 million or half of the total cost. The city obtained ownership of Bar Harbor South, built in the 1970s — about 40 years ago — in a transfer from the state in 2001. Of the eight floats involved in the transfer, all but two have....

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Laine Welch: Association seeks to take aches out of fishing
Published: December 15, 2012 Updated 7 hours ago
By Laine welch — Fisheries
For fishermen, applying the science of ergonomics can mean changing a boat deck's layout or modifying knives and scrapers to reduce the strains, sprains and pains of fishing. "Ergonomics is the science of adapting your workplace, your tools, equipment and work methods to be more efficient and comfortable and error free by humans. It's basically how a human body interacts with (its) work environment," explained......

Under Many Aliases, Mislabeled Foods Find Their Way to Dinner Tables
December 15, 2012 6:04 pm
By KIM SEVERSON / The New York Times
ATLANTA -- The menu offered fried catfish. But Freddie Washington, a pastor in Tuscaloosa, Ala., who sometimes eats out five nights a week and was raised on Gulf Coast seafood, was served tilapia. It was a culinary bait and switch. Mr. Washington complained. The restaurant had run out of catfish, the manager explained, and the pastor left the restaurant with a free dinner, an apology and a couple of gift certificates. "If I'm paying for a menu item," Mr. Washington said, "I'm expecting that menu item to be placed before me.".....

Buccaneer fires its contractor for not paying vendors
New contractor, Spartan Offshore, steps in
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Dec 14th, 2012
Buccaneer Alaska fired its contractor, Archer Drilling, for nonperformance of work that has left the Endeavour jack up languishing at the Homer Dock for four months.
In an announcement made public this morning, Buccaneer spokesperson Jay Morakis said the company stepped in after discovering Archer had not paid vendors and was racking up heavy local debt in Homer. Archer is responsible for contracting out work and overseeing the jack up’s modifications, a job it has fallen short on deadlines and promised work......