Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

  • Poliquin, Pingree help urchins get a pass

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Reps. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) have reintroduced their bill to make it easier for Maine seafood dealers to export sea urchins and sea cucumbers outside of the United States. The bill puts an end to repetitive, mandatory inspections of urchins and sea cucumbers being exported from the country, which

  • Trojans just miss regatta championship

    Trojans just miss regatta championship

    CASTINE — The MDI Trojans came as close to winning Maine’s high school sailing championship last weekend as it was possible to do without actually bringing the trophy home. After two days of sailing and 20 races at the Downeast Invitational Regatta, the Trojans finished tied with Camden Hills High School for third overall but

  • Can scallops be farmed in Penobscot Bay?

    Can scallops be farmed in Penobscot Bay?

    STONINGTON — Everybody knows that the waters off Stonington are a rich source of wild scallops. Could they also be a good place to farm them? Robert Brewer of Deer Isle hopes to find out. Brewer recently applied to the Department of Marine Resources for a 3.8-acre experimental aquaculture lease in East Penobscot Bay, where

  • Elver buyer sets up shop in Ellsworth

    Elver buyer sets up shop in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH – The elver business is, like so many, more complicated than it may look. At the front end, a few hundred licensed fishermen spend their nighttime hours from late March to early June netting the waters for the tiny juvenile eels that run by the millions from the ocean where they are born up

  • Downeast Regatta on the weekend horizon

    Downeast Regatta on the weekend horizon

    CASTINE — The 19th annual Downeast Invitational Regatta will, weather permitting, get under way on Smith Cove Saturday morning with two days of racing 420 dinghies on the slate. As of Monday, 20 teams from 16 schools had signed up to sail for two trophies: the Jim Modisette Memorial Downeast Regatta Trophy, given to the

  • Fishing surveillance bill amended

    AUGUSTA — A bill that would authorize the Department of Marine Resources to conduct surreptitious electronic surveillance of lobster boats drew mixed reviews at a hearing by the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee in April. But at a work session last Wednesday, the committee voted to recommend passage of an amended version of the bill. Introduced

  • Boaters hope to Trump ethanol rules

    Boaters hope to Trump ethanol rules

    ELLSWORTH — A coalition of recreational boating and sportfishing interests is asking the Trump administration to change what the boaters consider to by the nation’s “broken ethanol policy.” In a letter dated May 3, the American Sportfishing Association, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the

  • Elver prices rebounding

    Elver prices rebounding

    ELLSWORTH — With a month still left in the fishing season that ends May 31, the price of elvers (technically, glass eels) is on the rise, but many fishermen have already filled their annual quota and are dumping juvenile eels back into the water. According to Ellsworth elver buyer Bill Sheldon, there are still plenty

  • Oyster farm floats new Taunton Bay lease

    Oyster farm floats new Taunton Bay lease

    HANCOCK — The Taunton Bay Oyster Co. is looking for another aquaculture lease off the Hancock shore, but the company wouldn’t be expanding its lease holdings. On April 24, company President Michael Briggs hosted a small group at Hancock Town Hall for a pre-application “scoping session” to discuss his plans for a 4.97-acre lease for

  • Fishermen practice safety skills in Jonesport

    Fishermen practice safety skills in Jonesport

    JONESPORT — The weather last Thursday was a lousy day for fishing — thick of fog and windy outside the islands — but that made it just perfect for dozens of fishermen to take part in a day-long safety and survival training program. Nearly 60 fishermen signed up for the program, run by the Massachusetts-based