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. [email protected]
  • Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    PENOBSCOT — The decision by the Department of Marine Resources to approve a lease for an oyster farm in the Bagaduce River has drawn a measure of support from two vocal opponents. Caren Plank and William McWeeny intervened in the DMR hearing and decision process as opponents to the application by Taunton Bay Oyster Co.

  • Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    STONINGTON — Except for a handful of divers in southern Maine, scallop season doesn’t start until at least Dec. 1 — unless you know the right people. The people to know in this instance are Stonington scallop farmers Marsden Brewer and his son, Bobby. Last Thursday, they began taking orders for live scallops freshly harvested

  • Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    BROOKLIN — Romantics may dream of castles in Spain, but Spanish yacht designers, it seems, dream of boatbuilders in Maine. For the past few months, Brooklin Boat Yard has been busy with the construction of an as yet unnamed — or at least not publicly — 55-foot Spirit of Tradition racing yacht designed by Botin

  • Regulators continue shrimp fishing moratorium

    Regulators continue shrimp fishing moratorium

    PORTLAND — In a move that shocked nobody, fisheries managers voted on Friday to extend the moratorium on shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine for three more years, through 2021. The action came at a meeting of the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which also approved modifications to the

  • Scallop season is almost here

    ELLSWORTH — Good news for gourmets. If the weekend’s snow events weren’t warning enough, winter is almost here. So, too, is the Maine scallop fishing season. The 2018-2019 scallop season gets underway in just a couple of weeks, with few changes from last season. The daily possession limit won’t change. As it was last winter

  • MMA hosts 10th annual Women on the Water Conference

    MMA hosts 10th annual Women on the Water Conference

    CASTINE — It wasn’t that long ago that just about the only maritime jobs open to women were limited to the housekeeping and stewards departments on commercial vessels and large yachts. On the first weekend of November, Maine Maritime Academy and the Federal Maritime Administration (MARAD) hosted an event that reflects the changes in the

  • Four win lottery for new scallop licenses

    Four win lottery for new scallop licenses

    DEER ISLE — Two Hancock County lobstermen are among the four lucky winners of a Department of Marine Resources lottery for the opportunity to get a scallop dragger license in time for the upcoming fishing season. The winners have the chance to become the first new entrants into the scallop fishery since 2009. More than

  • Court pauses to remember lawyers who practiced before it

    Court pauses to remember lawyers who practiced before it

    ELLSWORTH — The courts of Hancock County took a solemn break from their usual business last Friday for a memorial ceremony honoring members of the county bar association who died in recent years. In a formal, oral motion, Bar Harbor attorney Lynne Williams asked the Superior Court overseen by Justice Bruce C. Mallonee “to pause