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]
  • Salt Pond oyster farm lease renewed for 20 years

    Salt Pond oyster farm lease renewed for 20 years

    BLUE HILL — Early this month, the Department of Marine Resources approved the request of Tightrope Seafarms LLC for a 20-year renewal of its lease to grow oysters and other shellfish on 17.45 acres off the southern shore of Salt Pond. A 10-year lease was originally granted to Brooklin resident Paul Brayton in 1999, acquired

  • Lobstermen’s Association rejects DMR whale proposal

    Lobstermen’s Association rejects DMR whale proposal

    ELLSWORTH — Efforts to find consensus over how to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from entanglement in fishing gear without decimating the Maine lobster industry took a blow last week. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) announced that it would not support a plan developed by the Department of Marine Resources “because it seeks reductions

  • Scallop lottery deadline drawing near

    Scallop lottery deadline drawing near

    ELLSWORTH — Harvesters hoping for a shot at a new license to fish for scallops this winter have only two more days to enter their names into the Department of Marine Resources’ scallop license lotteries. The online license lotteries will be open until Friday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. DMR established separate lotteries for scallop

  • Lobstermen unhappy with DMR’s alternative whale protection proposal

    Lobstermen unhappy with DMR’s alternative whale protection proposal

    ELLSWORTH — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher met with a group of roughly 75 lobstermen and lobster industry representatives at The Grand Monday evening to discuss proposed measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. Keliher was on hand to explain a plan that the state will file with the National Marine Fisheries

  • Lifejackets for Lobstermen makes return visit to Maine

    Lifejackets for Lobstermen makes return visit to Maine

    STONINGTON— If at first you succeed, come on back for a second bite of the apple. That seems to be the mantra for the Lifejackets for Lobstermen project which, since the beginning of April, has brought educational materials and personal flotation devices to harbors along the Maine and Massachusetts coasts. The goal is to persuade

  • DMR seeks comment on Cooke Aquaculture lease renewal

    DMR seeks comment on Cooke Aquaculture lease renewal

    FRENCHBORO — Just weeks after Cooke Aquaculture agreed to pay the state more than $150,000 to settle numerous violations at several of its salmon net pen sites in eastern Maine, the Department of Marine Resources is asking for public comment on the company’s application for a 20-year lease renewal. The renewal is of a lease

  • Aquaculture industry under pressure on both coasts

    Aquaculture industry under pressure on both coasts

    ELLSWORTH — Maquoit Bay in Brunswick and Puget Sound in Washington state are separated by thousands of miles, but shellfish farmers in both places are feeling some heat. Earlier this month, a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit that authorizes virtually all shellfish aquaculture in Washington state was

  • Mariners sail in offshore regatta at Naval Academy

    Mariners sail in offshore regatta at Naval Academy

    CASTINE — It was still warm in the middle of the month as 10 collegiate teams, including one from Maine Maritime Academy, met in Annapolis to contest the McMillan Cup aboard the U.S. Naval Academy’s fleet of Navy 44 sloops on the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20. The two-day event offered significant strategic and

  • Marine Patrol promotes Talbot

    Marine Patrol promotes Talbot

    AUGUSTA — The Marine Patrol has announced the promotion of 18-year veteran Matthew Talbot to the newly created rank of captain. He is the son of Alan Talbot, who retired with the rank of major as deputy chief in 2013 after a 25-year career in the Marine Patrol. Before transferring to Augusta, the elder Talbot