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
  • Meetings set to discuss new whale rules

    Meetings set to discuss new whale rules

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) schedules dozens, if not hundreds, of aquaculture scoping sessions, public hearings and informational meetings covering a variety of issues around the state each year, but few of them are important as three community meetings DMR has scheduled for next month. Maine’s $485 million lobster industry is

  • Boatbuilders’ best on display

    Boatbuilders’ best on display

    PORTLAND — It must be spring. The Maine Boatbuilders Show is here. Opening Friday morning at the Portland Sports Complex on Warren Avenue, the 32nd annual event brings together boatbuilders, artisans, suppliers of marine goods and services and a host of organizations dedicated in one way or another to seagoing matters for three days of

  • Nordic Aquafarms sets public information meeting

    BELFAST — As it moves forward with its plan to build a land-based salmon farm on land it is buying from the Belfast Water District, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has scheduled a public Information meeting for 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26, at the Hutchinson Center. The meeting will give the company an opportunity to present

  • Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    ELLSWORTH — While cold water temperatures may be discouraging elvers from making their way from the relatively warm ocean up Maine’s chilly inlets and still-icy streams, Friday marks the beginning of the state’s 10-week elver fishing season. The incentive for harvesters to get their gear in the water at a prime spot is high. Last

  • Scallop farming’s future looks bright

    Scallop farming’s future looks bright

    ROCKPORT — It was 20 years ago that the Maine International Trade Center helped send a delegation from Maine to Aomori Prefecture in the north of Japan to get a peek at the secrets of that country’s highly successful scallop farming industry. Among the delegates were a couple of state employees, a couple of fishermen

  • Flare disposal is hot topic

    Flare disposal is hot topic

    AUGUSTA — A bill in the Maine Legislature aimed at establishing a safe way to dispose of expired marine flares has become a hot topic on the internet. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard testimony March 5 on LD 430 sponsored by Rep. Joyce “Jay” McCreight (D-Harpswell), who chairs the Marine Resources Committee.

  • Fish forum has packed agenda

    Fish forum has packed agenda

    ROCKPORT — The 44th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum opens at the Samoset Resort on Thursday morning and there should be a full house for the entire three-day event. According to forum Coordinator Chiloa Young, rooms at the Samoset have been “100 percent booked for Friday and Saturday night” for several weeks. At the beginning of

  • Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    CASTINE — Though objective evidence may be scant, spring is here, or at least it’s on the horizon. Last week, Maine Maritime Academy held its annual dinner for the student organizations that make the waterfront their home: the MMA Yacht Club, the Schooner Bowdoin crew and the Mariners’ sailing team. By coincidence, last Tuesday’s event

  • Vehicle ban worries wormers

    Vehicle ban worries wormers

    AUGUSTA — The age-old conflict over access to Maine’s tidal flats got another airing last week during a public hearing on proposed legislation in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. Rep. Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville) filed a bill that would prohibit operation of a motor vehicle other than “authorized emergency vehicles” in the intertidal zone except to