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
  • Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    Acadia Aqua Farms lease renewal approved

    SORRENTO — The Maine Department of Marine Resources gave Acadia Aqua Farms an early present the week before Christmas when Commissioner Patrick Keliher approved a renewal of the Trenton-based company’s lease for the bottom culture of mussels on a 14.3-acre site off Waukeag Neck in Flanders Bay. Acadia acquired the lease, originally issued in September

  • Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    Welles nominated for top U.S. Sailing prize

    ELLSWORTH — For many devotees of high school sailing, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Will Welles was a star skipper the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing fiercely against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. In fact, it has been a long time and the 1993 MDIHS graduate

  • Governor Mills nominates DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Governor Mills nominates DMR Commissioner Keliher

    By Stephen Rappaport ELLSWORTH — In the past two weeks, Governor Janet Mills has nominated new commissioners to head most of the state’s administrative agencies, replacing appointees of former Governor Paul LePage. One agency that will not get a new chief is the Department of Marine Resources. Last Thursday, on her first full day on

  • Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    ELLSWORTH — Who says miracles don’t happen? In what must be a first in modern history, virtually every commercial fishing organization in Maine joined together to urge Governor-elect Janet Mills to keep Patrick Keliher on the job as commissioner of Marine Resources after she takes office in January. First reported in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s

  • China’s tariffs have meant dealer layoffs

    China’s tariffs have meant dealer layoffs

    PORTLAND – Meeting at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina last weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China called a timeout on the escalating trade war that has had an serious impact on American famers and other industries that depend on exports to customers in China. Over the past few

  • Scallop season opens to positive early reports

    Scallop season opens to positive early reports

    BLUE HILL — The Downeast scallop season got underway this weekend and early reports are that the fleet was active, the fishing good and the price satisfactory. Divers got the first crack at scallops in Blue Hill Bay as their season opened on Saturday. Draggers had to wait until Monday to get out on the

  • Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    PENOBSCOT — The decision by the Department of Marine Resources to approve a lease for an oyster farm in the Bagaduce River has drawn a measure of support from two vocal opponents. Caren Plank and William McWeeny intervened in the DMR hearing and decision process as opponents to the application by Taunton Bay Oyster Co.

  • Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    STONINGTON — Except for a handful of divers in southern Maine, scallop season doesn’t start until at least Dec. 1 — unless you know the right people. The people to know in this instance are Stonington scallop farmers Marsden Brewer and his son, Bobby. Last Thursday, they began taking orders for live scallops freshly harvested

  • Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    BROOKLIN — Romantics may dream of castles in Spain, but Spanish yacht designers, it seems, dream of boatbuilders in Maine. For the past few months, Brooklin Boat Yard has been busy with the construction of an as yet unnamed — or at least not publicly — 55-foot Spirit of Tradition racing yacht designed by Botin