Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

  • Maine Boatbuilders Show opens in new venue

    Maine Boatbuilders Show opens in new venue gallery

    PORTLAND — After 29 years on Portland’s waterfront, the Maine Boatbuilders Show moved to a new location. Until this year, the show drew a hundred or more boatbuilders, artisans and purveyors of all kinds of maritime goods together at the Fore Street home of Portland Yacht Services. Coming from all over the United States, not

  • Elver season opens, but action is slow

    Elver season opens, but action is slow

    ELLSWORTH — Elver season opened on March 22, but while Downeast stream banks are blossoming with fyke nets, at least so far the juvenile eels that can fetch $2,000 per pound or more when the market is hot have been pretty scarce. “Everyone set their nets to save their spots,” Darrell Young, an elver harvester

  • Lobster exports to China boom

    Lobster exports to China boom

    ELLSWORTH — A trade war with China may be somewhere on the horizon, but the Maine lobster industry is hoping that the horizon is a distant one. According to the figures published by the National Marine Fisheries Service, in 2016 China imported more than $108 million worth of lobsters from the United States. That’s a

  • Shellfish bill stirs clam committee ire

    Shellfish bill stirs clam committee ire

    AUGUSTA — A bill that would expand the authority of the Department of Marine Resources over the state’s clam fishery is an attack on local control of a local resource, bad fisheries management policy or both. That was the nearly universal opinion of LD 646, a bill offered by Rep. Abden Simmons (R-Waldoboro) on behalf

  • Landowners win big in rockweed harvest case

    Landowners win big in rockweed harvest case

    MACHIAS — If you want to harvest rockweed along the coast of Maine, you have to get permission from owners of the tidal flats on which the seaweed grows, at least in Washington County. In a case brought by three shorefront landowners against a Canadian seaweed harvester, Acadian Seaplants Ltd., Maine Superior Court Judge Harold

  • Maine Boatbuilders Show opens Friday

    Maine Boatbuilders Show opens Friday

    PORTLAND — The annual Maine Boatbuilders Show gets under way on Friday, March 24, at the Portland Sports Complex at 512 Warren Ave. off Exit 48 from the Maine Turnpike. Now in its 30th year, Maine’s first major spring boating event is in a new location but promises the same kinds of exhibits that, year

  • Dam studies damned by NOAA Fisheries

    ELLSWORTH — Proceeding with glacial slowness, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week released the text of a November letter from the National Marine Fisheries Service calling for Black Bear Hydro Partners to provide more data about fish kills as part of its application to renew its license to operate the Union River dam. The National

  • Elver dealer indicted on charges of buying, selling illegally caught eels

    Elver dealer indicted on charges of buying, selling illegally caught eels

    PORTLAND — Elver buyer William Sheldon, of Woolwich, faces a seven-count federal indictment on charges alleging he dealt in illegally harvested juvenile eels over a four-year period beginning in 2011. Sitting in Portland, a grand jury on March 1 charged Sheldon with one count of conspiracy, three counts of illegal trafficking in wildlife and three counts

  • Union-based lobster co-operative draws closer

    Union-based lobster co-operative draws closer

    TRENTON — Maine Lobstering Union President Rocky Alley said he will be in Portland on Friday to sign documents to complete the union’s purchase of the wholesale business of the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound from Anthony “Cubby” and Josette Pettegrow. If the purchase is completed as planned, the union-owned operation will start buying lobsters from