Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]
  • Strahan loses a round in Massachusetts whale case 

    ELLSWORTH — It was almost exactly 400 years ago that the poet and Church of England cleric John Donne told congregants and other readers to “send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee,” but he might well have been addressing Maine’s 6,200 licensed lobstermen. Last July, in a case filed by right

  • Right whales disappear from the Bay of Fundy

    Right whales disappear from the Bay of Fundy

    ELLSWORTH — There is no serious scientific dispute that the waters of the Gulf of Maine are warming rapidly and scientists from at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium have found more evidence of the impact rising water temperatures are having on the ocean’s largest wildlife.  According to a recent news release, after 40

  • Kingfish Maine’s first permit application accepted 

    Kingfish Maine’s first permit application accepted 

    JONESPORT — The Dutch company that wants to build a huge land–based aquaculture facility on the shore of Chandler Bay has moved one step closer to achieving its goal.  On Monday, the Kingfish Co., which currently grows yellowtail kingfish in the Netherlands, announced that the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands — a division of the Department of Conservation, Agriculture and Forestry — had finalized the Submerged

  • Recommended gear rules for whale safety adopted 

    Recommended gear rules for whale safety adopted 

    ELLSWORTH — With the National Oceanic Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under a fast approaching, court-imposed deadline to develop new whale protection rules, the Zone C Lobster Management Council held a special meeting last week to get an update on the situation from Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher.  The meeting was also an opportunity to consider a zone-specific plan for gear modifications that will likely

  • Schooner Heritage skippers honored on retirement

    Schooner Heritage skippers honored on retirement

    ROCKLAND — Surrounded by fellow windjammer captains, crew and friends, Captains Doug and Linda Lee recently received an award from the Maine Windjammer Association honoring their combined 100 years of windjamming experience. Offering their highest honor — the Lifetime Appreciation Award — captains and crew of the Maine Windjammer Association fleet applauded the Lees for

  • Aquaculture industry may qualify for COVID-19 relief funds

    Aquaculture industry may qualify for COVID-19 relief funds

    ELLSWORTH — If it wasn’t clear before last week, there’s a big election just a few weeks away.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it was releasing some $530 million appropriated by Congress last March under the CARES Act to assist the beleaguered U.S. seafood industry and fishermen damaged by retaliatory tariffs imposed primarily by China and the European Union

  • Plane may have run out of gas before crashing

    Plane may have run out of gas before crashing

    SURRY — The preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board on the crash of an airplane into Morgan Bay last month suggests that the plane may have run out of fuel. Late on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 17, a small, bright yellow airplane made a crash landing off the beach on the

  • Wedding of legend and Legend celebrated at launching

    Wedding of legend and Legend celebrated at launching

    BROOKLIN — With the United States deep in the Great Depression, 1934 wasn’t a great year for most people, but it was a winner for author Ernest Hemmingway.  In April of that year, he took delivery of the 38-foot motorboat Pilar, his then wife’s nickname, custom built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. in its Brooklyn, N.Y., boatyard. Company records show he paid $7,495 (about $145,000

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