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]
  • Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    Dam license renewal process nearing conclusion

    ELLSWORTH — On Dec. 30, 2015, Black Bear Hydro Partners applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license for the hydroelectric facilities it operates on the Union River — the dams forming Graham Lake and Leonard Lake. Now the relicensing process is moving toward conclusion. The application was a significant step in

  • Lucrative elver fishery could be expanding

    Lucrative elver fishery could be expanding

    ELLSWORTH — Maine elver fishermen made more than $12 million last year, landing just about 9,300 pounds of the 9,688-pound catch quota allotted to them by fisheries regulators. There’s no telling how many elvers fishermen will land during the 2018 fishery, slated to begin March 22 and end June 7, or what those landings will

  • More Atlantic salmon coming to Maine, but not from the sea

    ELLSWORTH — A Norwegian company is planning to build a vast new land-based aquaculture facility to grow Atlantic salmon in eastern Maine. Last week, Nordic Aquafarms announced that it would build a land-based salmon farm on a 40-acre site outside of Belfast. To be developed in phases, the facility would ultimately have the capacity to

  • Council adopts coral protection plan

    Council adopts coral protection plan

    ELLSWORTH — After years of debate, the New England Fishery Management Council last week took final action on new rules aimed at protecting deep-sea coral from damage by fishing gear. Meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., the council adopted its Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment and voted to submit the document to the National Marine Fisheries Service for

  • DMR closes shellfish beds because of flooding

    ELLSWORTH — When it rains of late, it pours. And when it pours, in addition to flooding roads and cellars, a deluge can wash all sorts of pollutants from the shore into the water and force the Department of Marine Resources to shut down some of the state’s shellfish industry. That’s what happened Monday when

  • High water, high-tech failure lead to flooding

    High water, high-tech failure lead to flooding

    ELLSWORTH — A defective electronic sensor, melting snow and heavy rain last week led to the high water flows in the Union River that flooded Shore Road last week and through the weekend. On Tuesday night last week, a submerged electronic transducer that monitors water levels at the Graham Lake dam failed, Samantha Edwards, a

  • Taunton Bay aquaculture hearing gets quick results

    Taunton Bay aquaculture hearing gets quick results

    HANCOCK — What happens if the Department of Marine Resources holds a public hearing on an aquaculture lease application and no one shows up? Sometimes the outcome is a lightning quick decision. That’s just what happened after a Jan. 18 DMR hearing in Hancock on an application by the Taunton Bay Oyster Co. for a