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]
  • Bass Harbor races draw healthy fleet despite fog

    Bass Harbor races draw healthy fleet despite fog

    TREMONT — Like the proverbial postmen undeterred by rain, sleet or snow from delivering the mail, four dozen intrepid skippers found their way to Bass Harbor on Sunday for a morning of lobster boat racing despite dungeon–thick fog.  Some of the racers came no farther than from a mooring off the town wharf in Bernard, but there were boats

  • Pew Charitable Trusts petition asks to close areas to lobster fishing

    Pew Charitable Trusts petition asks to close areas to lobster fishing

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources held its first “virtual” zone council meeting last Thursday andCommissioner Patrick Keliher had an unanticipated and unsettling piece of news for the Zone C and Zone D lobstermen.  Keliher told the roughly 70participants that on Thursday morning the Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a petition for rulemaking to U.S. Secretary ofCommerce Wilbur Ross askinghim to take immediate

  • Maine-made research vessel headed for Georgia coastline

    Maine-made research vessel headed for Georgia coastline

    STONINGTON — Maine boatbuilders, many of them based in Hancock County, have a reputation for turning out quality vessels that extends far beyond New England. On Monday, another locally built boat headed for a distant port not on a truck but sailing on its own bottom.  Late last month, Surry-based Wesmac Custom Boats launched a 54-foot research vessel for the state of Georgia

  • Court orders $1.43 million attachment in fraud suit

    Court orders $1.43 million attachment in fraud suit

    TRENTON — Lobster 207, the marketing arm of the Maine Lobstering Union (MLU), has won a $1.43 million attachment against the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound property, its owners, Anthony and Josette Pettegrow, their son Warren Pettegrow and Poseidon Charters Inc., a lobster-buying business owned by the Pettegrow family. U.S. District Court judge Lance E. Walker

  • ‘Prince of Whales’ threatens law suit against Maine Lobstering Union members

    ‘Prince of Whales’ threatens law suit against Maine Lobstering Union members

    BANGOR  – Richard Max Strahan, a New Hampshire-based whale protection activist with a history of filing federal lawsuits aimed at protecting endangered right whales against the New England fishing industry, has threatened to sue the Maine Lobstering Union, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and their individual members for damages under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt

  • Pandemic touches a variety of summer boating events

    Pandemic touches a variety of summer boating events

    BROOKLIN – It’s no secret that the coronavirus—besides killing some 100,000 victims in the United States so far—will touch almost every element of summer including many of Maine’s iconic maritime activities.  In Brooklin, the WoodenBoat School, for the first time since its founding in 1981, will not open for the summer.  According to a statement from

  • Conservation groups propose total lobster fishing ban

    Conservation groups propose total lobster fishing ban

    ELLSWORTH  – The conservation groups that filed a federal law suit two years ago to force the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to do more to protect endangered right whales from entanglement with fishing gear have asked U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg to ban lobster fishing gear with vertical buoy lines off the

  • Lobstermen help schools amidst pandemic crisis

    Lobstermen help schools amidst pandemic crisis

    STONINGTON — When the coronavirus closed Maine schools, thousands of students who already qualified for free and reduced cost in-school meals faced the risk of hunger. With many parents suddenly out of work, many more students faced serious food insecurity. At the same time, most Maine lobstermen found that there was no market for their catch. At one point, late in

  • Bell rings for next round in dam license fight

    Bell rings for next round in dam license fight

    ELLSWORTH — In March, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection denied a request by Black Bear Hydro Partners for a water quality certification (WQC) under the Clean Waters Act.  The certification is critical to the company’s pending application for new licenses to maintain and operate the two Union River dams — one at the lower end of Graham Lake and the other forming Leonard Lake — known as

  • Ruling in whale case signals turmoil for lobster industry

    Ruling in whale case signals turmoil for lobster industry

    ELLSWORTH — A federal district court judge ruled last week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to protect right whales adequately from the risks posed by lobster fishing. While it is too early to know exactly how the ruling in a lawsuit brought by a group of environmental organizations will affect