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]
  • Floating wind farms a hot topic at forum

    Floating wind farms a hot topic at forum

     ROCKPORT — If a changing climate, whale protection regulations and, now, the as yet immeasurable threat arising from the emergence of the coronavirus aren’t enough to keep fishermen awake at night, the potential development of offshore power generation facilities in the Gulf of Maine should do the trick.  Earlier this month, the Maine Fishermen’s Forum opened

  • Elver season to open Monday

    Elver season to open Monday

    ELLSWORTH — There will be an elver season this year after all. On Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the 2020 elver fishing season would open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30. Originally slated to open last Sunday, March 22, the season was delayed by DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher because of concerns

  • DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    CUTLER — Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  The Latin phrase translates literally to “Who will guard the guards themselves?” or colloquially “Who watches the watchmen?”  That is the question raised by an application for a three-year, four-acre experimental aquaculture lease to raise Atlantic salmon in Cutler Harbor recently filed with the Department of Marine Resources. The applicant? The Department of Marine

  • Ferry service reacts to coronavirus

    Ferry service reacts to coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Ferry Service has published a “continuity of operation plan” outlining its response to the burgeoning threat of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus.  Like employees at many other state agencies and businesses, the Ferry Service is requiring that certain employees work “remotely.” While the directive obviously doesn’t apply to vessel crews and

  • MMA suspends campus classes

    MMA suspends campus classes

    CASTINE — On Thursday, March 12, Maine officials announced the state’s first presumptive case of COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. By 11 a.m. Monday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of eight confirmed cases and nine presumed positive cases of COVID-19.  Late Thursday, Maine Maritime Academy announced comprehensive, but flexible plans

  • DMR postpones elver fishing season

    DMR postpones elver fishing season

    ELLSWORTH – The Maine elver fishing season, slated to open at noon on Sunday, is on an indefinite hold in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday night, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced he had made the “difficult decision” to close Maine’s coastal waters to “fishing for

  • Maine fishermen enjoy a bonanza year

    Maine fishermen enjoy a bonanza year

    ROCKPORT — Maine lobstermen spent much of 2019 crying into their beer over a poor catch but by the end of the year, if they were crying at all, it was into a glass of Champagne. According to the Department of Marine Resources, last year Maine’s lobster harvesters landed 100,725,013 pounds of the iconic crustacean,

  • Scientists weigh in on whale risk tool

    Scientists weigh in on whale risk tool

    ELLSWORTH — The word is out, almost, on what a panel of independent scientists thinks about the controversial “decision support tool” used by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service last spring when it drafted proposed rules aimed at protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales and other large marine mammals from entanglement with fishing gear. When the

  • Maine fishermen enjoy a bonanza year

    Maine fishermen enjoy a bonanza year

    ROCKPORT — Maine lobstermen spent much of 2019 crying into their beer over a poor catch but by the end of the year, if they were crying at all, it was into a glass of Champagne. According to the Department of Marine Resources, last year Maine’s lobster harvesters landed 100,725,013 pounds of the iconic crustacean,