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
  • Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    CASTINE — Though objective evidence may be scant, spring is here, or at least it’s on the horizon. Last week, Maine Maritime Academy held its annual dinner for the student organizations that make the waterfront their home: the MMA Yacht Club, the Schooner Bowdoin crew and the Mariners’ sailing team. By coincidence, last Tuesday’s event

  • Vehicle ban worries wormers

    Vehicle ban worries wormers

    AUGUSTA — The age-old conflict over access to Maine’s tidal flats got another airing last week during a public hearing on proposed legislation in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. Rep. Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville) filed a bill that would prohibit operation of a motor vehicle other than “authorized emergency vehicles” in the intertidal zone except to

  • Whales and license laws top lobster industry agenda

    Whales and license laws top lobster industry agenda

    ELLSWORTH — The blowy weather that made lobster fishing a hard chance recently might well have been a blessing in disguise. The wind and cold certainly have given shorebound Maine lobstermen a good chance to learn about the tempests engulfing their industry in the Legislature and the world of fisheries regulation. Already beset by limits

  • Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — This former mill town still has a ways to go, but two new projects could turn the inland river city into a mecca for seafood lovers. Portland-based Whole Oceans is immersed in developing a land-based recirculating aquaculture facility that will, it hopes, eventually produce more than 44 million pounds of Atlantic salmon on

  • Cut in herring quota bodes ill for lobster

    Cut in herring quota bodes ill for lobster

    ELLSWORTH – Imagine running a trucking business and having your supply of diesel fuel cut by 70 percent. For all practical purposes, that’s what happened to the Maine lobster industry last week. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries arm announced that it was cutting the 2019 herring quota by about 70 percent.

  • DMR draws scant turnout for hearing on aquaculture rules

    DMR draws scant turnout for hearing on aquaculture rules

    ELLSWORTH — It might have been the stormy weather, but a hearing on the massive overhaul of the Department of Marine Resources’ aquaculture regulations drew only a small and quiet turnout to City Hall last Thursday afternoon. Ten shellfish and seaweed farmers listened as DMR Deputy Commissioner Meredith Mendelson explained that the proposed rule had

  • Tougher rules for elver dealers

    Tougher rules for elver dealers

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s elver dealers will likely face stricter rules on where and how they do business when the 2019 fishing season gets underway next month. The fishing season for elvers opens March 22 and usually extends through June 7. Last year, though, the state closed the season two weeks early, on May 24. As

  • 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