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
  • Marine Resources Committee off to an ambitious start

    Marine Resources Committee off to an ambitious start

    ELLSWORTH — With Arctic temperatures chilling Maine, it’s difficult to focus on the state’s diverse fisheries. But in Augusta, the Marine Resources Committee had a wide range of proposed legislation scheduled for consideration this week. On Tuesday, the committee scheduled public hearings on two bills submitted on behalf of the Department of Marine Resources. The

  • Elver license lottery: Big prize for a lucky few

    Elver license lottery: Big prize for a lucky few

    AUGUSTA — Want to get rich quick, or at least have a chance to earn a nice piece of change? Last Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources opened a lottery that will give nine lucky winners the chance to apply for elver fishing licenses for the upcoming season. The lottery runs until 4:30 p.m. on

  • Mussel farm files a plan to expand

    Mussel farm files a plan to expand

    BAR HARBOR — One of Maine’s largest mussel farms is applying to the Department of Marine Resources for a new aquaculture lease near Googins Ledge in the waters between the northern shore of Mount Desert Island and Lamoine State Park. In late December, Trenton-based Acadia Aqua Farms filed a preliminary application with DMR for a

  • Aquaculture census  shows sales are up

    Aquaculture census shows sales are up

    ELLSWORTH — It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows Maine’s fisheries that the state’s aquaculture industry is growing in value and number of producers. The U.S, Department of Agriculture 2018 Census of Aquaculture, released shortly before Christmas, paints a slightly different picture of the industry on a national basis. According to the

  • DMR submits whale rule proposal

    DMR submits whale rule proposal

    ELLSWORTH — Nearly 10 months ago, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher shocked Maine lobstermen with an announcement that the National Marine Fisheries Service had determined that right whale mortalities resulting from interactions with fishing gear would have to be reduced by 60 to 80 percent. In late spring, the fisheries service proposed rules

  • Cranberry Oysters lease approved

      CRANBERRY ISLES –The Department of Marine Resources has approved a 20-year aquaculture lease for a five-acre oyster farm located in The Pool on Great Cranberry Island for island residents Lauren and Joshua Gray. Unlike many such ventures the Grays’ plans drew virtually no adverse comment or formal opposition. The leasing process also advanced with

  • Pro-, anti-aquaculture groups spar online

    ELLSWORTH — Social media is playing a role in a public relations battle between Maine’s most traditional fishery and the state’s growing aquaculture industry. In recent months, a group called “Protect Maine’s Fishing Heritage” has been active on Facebook, Instagram and other social media. The group identifies itself as an “organization of lobstermen, fishermen, and

  • Scallop season is underway

    Scallop season is underway

    ELLSWORTH — The scallop fishing season got underway in eastern Maine earlier this month and is already making news. In the waters between eastern Penobscot Bay and Cobscook Bay, the season for the handful of licensed scallop divers began Nov. 18 but the draggers couldn’t go to work until Dec. 2. In Cobscook Bay, the

  • Dutch company plans fish farm in Jonesport

    Dutch company plans fish farm in Jonesport

    JONESPORT — Kingfish Zeeland, owner of a large recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) fish production operation in the Netherlands, got a strong show of support for its proposal to build a similar land-based facility in Jonesport during a public presentation to the community on Nov. 20. Kingfish Zeeland considered more than 20 locations on the East

  • Regulators to consider coming shrimp season

    Regulators to consider coming shrimp season

    ELLSWORTH — The fate of the shrimp fishery for the coming year, if any, will likely be determined Friday afternoon when the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets to review the 2019 Stock Assessment Update Report and updates from the section’s Summer Survey Work Group and the Northern Shrimp 2019