Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

  • Atlantic salmon still in trouble

    Atlantic salmon still in trouble

    ELLSWORTH — The North American stock of wild Atlantic salmon is in trouble, according to the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES). In a recent report, the group said data collected last year indicated that the number of young salmon returning to Maine and Canadian rivers to spawn during 2016 was extremely

  • Lease renewal is the end of long story

    Lease renewal is the end of long story

    TREMONT — Four and a half years is a long time. It’s longer than an initial active duty enlistment in any of the U.S. armed forces. It’s more time than most students spend getting a college degree. In Maine, it’s only a few months less than the maximum sentence for a Class C crime such

  • Lobster boat racing gets under way

    Lobster boat racing gets under way

    BASS HARBOR — The summer lobster boat racing season got under way last weekend with races in Boothbay Harbor on Saturday and in Rockland on Sunday. If early indications mean anything, this should be a banner year on the racing circuit. Just 33 boats turned out for Boothbay Harbor, enthusiasm perhaps dampened by the showery

  • IOD Worlds set for NEH

    NORTHEAST HARBOR — The Northeast Harbor Fleet will host the International One-Design World Championship Regatta beginning Sunday, Aug. 20, and continuing through Friday, Aug. 25. The first race is scheduled for the morning of Monday, Aug. 21. The Fleet has hosted several of the world championship events, including, most recently, in 2010. The island yacht

  • Hearing on new shrimp rules draws tiny crowd

    Hearing on new shrimp rules draws tiny crowd

    ELLSWORTH — Fishermen barely outnumbered representatives of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission last Thursday at a public hearing in City Hall on proposed rule changes that would reshape shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine. Three fishermen — John Williams and Ricky Trundy, both of Stonington, and James West of Sorrento — offered comments

  • DMR signs off on mussel farm lease renewal

    DMR signs off on mussel farm lease renewal

    TREMONT — It took more than four years, but on Monday Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher signed an aquaculture lease extension for a 15-acre mussel farm located off Hardwood Island in Blue Hill Bay. Maine Cultured Mussels applied to renew its lease for a period of 10 years in December 2012. The lease

  • NOAA recommends $1.5 million for Maine fisheries

    ELLSWORTH — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that it was recommending six Maine fisheries research projects for a total of $1.5 million in Saltonstall-Kennedy program grants. In line for funding, but still subject to final approval, are grants to: The Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, $278,000 for demonstrating

  • Lobster boat races begin the summer

    Lobster boat races begin the summer

    ELLSWORTH — If the weather isn’t enough of a tipoff, summer is here. Or it will be the morning of Saturday, June 17, when the 2017 lobster boat racing season gets under way in Boothbay Harbor. This year, there are 10 events scheduled on the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association calendar between this weekend and

  • Elver season ends

    Elver season ends

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s elver season ended Wednesday. By most accounts it was successful. The Atlantic States Fisheries Management Commission limited Maine harvesters to a landings quota of 9,616 pounds for this year. According to the Department of Marine Resources, as of 6 p.m. Monday, Maine dealers reported buying 9,281.269 pounds of elvers and paying harvesters