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]
  • Nordic Aquafarms sets public information meeting

    BELFAST — As it moves forward with its plan to build a land-based salmon farm on land it is buying from the Belfast Water District, Nordic Aquafarms Inc. has scheduled a public Information meeting for 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 26, at the Hutchinson Center. The meeting will give the company an opportunity to present

  • Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    Elver fishing season opens on Friday

    ELLSWORTH — While cold water temperatures may be discouraging elvers from making their way from the relatively warm ocean up Maine’s chilly inlets and still-icy streams, Friday marks the beginning of the state’s 10-week elver fishing season. The incentive for harvesters to get their gear in the water at a prime spot is high. Last

  • 32nd annual Maine Boatbuilders Show opens Friday

    32nd annual Maine Boatbuilders Show opens Friday

    PORTLAND — St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and Easter is still month away, but it must be spring because the Maine Boatbuilders Show is here. Opening Friday morning at the Portland Sports Complex on Warren Avenue, the event brings together boatbuilders, artisans, suppliers of marine goods and services and a host of organizations

  • Scallop farming has bright future in Maine

    Scallop farming has bright future in Maine

    ROCKPORT — It was 20 years ago that the Maine International Trade Center helped send a delegation from Maine to Aomori Prefecture in the north of Japan to get a peek at the secrets of that country’s highly successful scallop farming industry. Among the delegates were a couple of state employees, a couple of fishermen

  • Sailing couple win award for global voyaging

    Sailing couple win award for global voyaging

    BLUE HILL — A couple that completed a successful 32,000-mile sailing trip around the globe that got underway in Blue Hill a decade ago has just received the Cruising Club of America’s Young Voyager Award. The award recognizes “a young sailor who has made one or more exceptional voyages.” Ellen and Seth Leonard received the

  • Registration open for summer sailing classes

    BLUE HILL — It may be a hard sell, but summer is here, almost. Last week, registration opened for the summer sailing and rowing classes at Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club even though there is still ice in Blue Hill Harbor. KYC will offer two separate programs through the nonprofit Kollegewidgwok Sailing Education Association. The Rusty Duym

  • 2018 was a fine year for Maine fishermen

    2018 was a fine year for Maine fishermen

    ROCKPORT — Preliminary landing figures for Maine’s fisheries last year add up to a very good year. The Department of Marine Resources announced Friday that Maine lobstermen last year landed 119,640,379 pounds worth $484,543,633. Both landings and landed value are substantially higher than they were a year earlier. In 2017, lobster landings were just 111,903,656

  • Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    ELLSWORTH — A bill in the Maine Legislature aimed at establishing a safe way to dispose of expired marine flares has become a hot topic on the internet. On Monday, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hear testimony on LD 430 sponsored by Rep. Joyce “Jay” McCreight (D-Harpswell), who chairs the

  • Fishermen’s Forum opens with packed agenda

    Fishermen’s Forum opens with packed agenda

    ROCKPORT — The 44th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum opens at the Samoset Resort on Thursday morning and there should be a full house for the entire three-day event. According to forum Coordinator Chiloa Young, rooms at the Samoset have been “100 percent booked for Friday and Saturday night” for several weeks. At the beginning of

  • Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    Maritime Academy sailing teams preparing for spring

    CASTINE — Though objective evidence may be scant, spring is here, or at least it’s on the horizon. Last week, Maine Maritime Academy held its annual dinner for the student organizations that make the waterfront their home: the MMA Yacht Club, the Schooner Bowdoin crew and the Mariners’ sailing team. By coincidence, last Tuesday’s event