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
  • MLA unhappy with state’s whale protection plan

    MLA unhappy with state’s whale protection plan

    ELLSWORTH — Differences of opinion persist over how to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear without decimating the Maine lobster industry. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) announced that it would not support a plan developed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources “because it seeks reductions that exceed the documented

  • Cooke Aquaculture seeks renewal of salmon pen lease

    Cooke Aquaculture seeks renewal of salmon pen lease

    FRENCHBORO — Just weeks after Cooke Aquaculture agreed to pay the state more than $150,000 to settle numerous violations at several of its salmon net pen sites in eastern Maine, the Department of Marine Resources is asking for public comment on the company’s application for a 20-year lease renewal. The renewal is of a lease

  • Marine Patrol promotes Talbot

    Marine Patrol promotes Talbot

    AUGUSTA — The Marine Patrol has announced the promotion of 18-year veteran Matthew Talbot to the newly created rank of captain. He is the son of Alan Talbot, who retired with the rank of major as deputy chief in 2013 after a 25-year career in the Marine Patrol. Before transferring to Augusta, the elder Talbot

  • Whole Oceans project moves forward

    Whole Oceans project moves forward

    BUCKSPORT — Whole Oceans has taken another step forward in its efforts to build a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system to grow Atlantic salmon on the site of the former Verso mill. On Monday, the company announced that it had received needed submerged lands leases that will allow it to use its property along the Penobscot

  • DMR’s answer to whale rules focus offshore

    DMR’s answer to whale rules focus offshore

    ELLSWORTH — As the battle over how best to protect endangered northern right whales continues to escalate, the Department of Marine Resources is proposing a new set of requirements for lobster gear that the department believes will help reduce injury to the whales without imposing severe, and some say dangerous, restrictions on fishermen. Last week,

  • Lobster boat racing season was a summer success

    Lobster boat racing season was a summer success

    ELLSWORTH — As attention begins to turn from boat motors to snow blowers, the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association reports that the summer racing season was a resounding success. With 10 events on the card spread over venues ranging from Portland to Jonesport-Beals, according to MLBRA President Jon Johansen, 823 boats took part in races

  • Community rowing gains momentum

    Community rowing gains momentum

    BLUE HILL — Rowing, in one form or another, has been a part of maritime life for just about as long as human beings have plied the sea. Over centuries, fishermen and other mariners developed countless varieties of oar-driven small craft, each uniquely suited to its particular use and the sea conditions in which it