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. srappaport@ellsworthamerican.com
  • Young sailors learn about safety at sea

    Young sailors learn about safety at sea

    CASTINE — It isn’t often that a bunch of teenage river sailors gets a chance to learn what big-boat sailing is all about, but last Wednesday 11 youthful sailors from the Lawrence Community Boating Program in Massachusetts spent a day learning the ropes aboard three serious cruising sailboats on Penobscot Bay. The occasion was the

  • NOAA ends fishing career of New Bedford’s “Codfather”

    NOAA ends fishing career of New Bedford’s “Codfather”

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Monday that it has reached a settlement of its civil claims against onetime fisheries magnate Carlos Rafael that will ban New Bedford’s notorious “Codfather” from commercial fishing permanently. The civil settlement is the latest step in the federal government’s efforts to deal with Rafael’s illegal

  • Lobstermen say whale rules threaten their way of life

    Lobstermen say whale rules threaten their way of life

    ELLSWORTH – Maine has more than 6,000 licensed lobstermen. If the 100 or so who gathered at Ellsworth High School Tuesday evening to discuss proposed whale protection rules are a representative sample, most of those lobstermen are angry. The fishermen gathered for a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) scoping session on proposed measures to protected

  • China’s imports of Maine lobster plummet

    China’s imports of Maine lobster plummet

    ELLSWORTH — Maine lobstermen didn’t need last Monday’s stock market collapse to know that the trade war between China and the United States is taking a heavy economic toll. According to economic data first reported in Undercurrent News, since China imposed tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. seafood in retaliation for tariffs imposed on Chinese

  • Oyster farm plans Goose Cove expansion

    Oyster farm plans Goose Cove expansion

    TRENTON — A shellfish harvester and oyster farmer with a history of stirring up controversy has filed a draft application with the Department of Marine Resources for a 20-year, five acre lease to grow oysters and clams just below the intertidal zone of Goose Cove. Last April, DMR accepted a draft application from Joe Porada

  • Aquaculture petition denied

    AUGUSTA — An application for a 40-acre aquaculture lease to raise oysters in Maquoit Bay off Mere Point in Brunswick generated extensive and well-financed opposition from nearby landowners. It also drew opposition from some lobstermen who either fish in the proposed lease area or who fear what some consider privatization of the ocean. Many of

  • Rally over whale rules planned

    STONINGTON — It was almost 45 years ago when a fictional news anchor named Howard Beale, played by Peter Finch in the film “Network,” shouted out to listeners “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!” Last week, Stonington lobsterman Julie Eaton, speaking for most members of her industry said just

  • Hospice regatta, sloop race fill Great Harbor

    Hospice regatta, sloop race fill Great Harbor

    MOUNT DESERT — For sailors not engaged in the pursuit of victory or the pleasure of doing good while having a good time last weekend, Mount Desert Island’s Great Harbor must have seemed as busy as Interstate 295 during Portland’s rush hour. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday three different fleets — Luders 16s, International One-Designs