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]
  • Welles nominated for top U.S. sailing prize

    Welles nominated for top U.S. sailing prize

    ELLSWORTH — For devotees of high school sailing, it doesn’t seem all that long ago that Will Welles was a star skipper for the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team, racing fiercely against George Stevens Academy in Southwest Harbor or Castine. In fact, it has been a long time and the 1993 MDIHS graduate

  • Good scallop season may be bound for a change

    Good scallop season may be bound for a change

    STONINGTON — Maine’s scallop season got off to a good start last month, with supplies plentiful and a strong price, but that may be about to change. Early on, according to Melissa Smith, the scallop resource manager at the Department of Marine Resources, along most of the coast between Penobscot Bay and Cobscook Bay landings

  • DMR renews mussel farm lease

    SORRENTO — The Department of Marine Resources gave Acadia Aqua Farms an early present a week before Christmas when Commissioner Patrick Keliher approved a renewal of the Trenton-based company’s lease for the bottom culture of mussels on a 14.3-acre site off Waukeag Neck in Flanders Bay. Acadia acquired the lease, originally issued in September 1997

  • Japan will resume commercial whaling in July

    ELLSWORTH — Japan will resume commercial whale hunting next summer for the first time since the International Whaling Commission imposed a moratorium on the fishery more than 30 years ago. On Dec. 26, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, announced that the country would withdraw from the IWC on June 30, 2019, and resume commercial

  • New Stonington legislator encourages future lobstermen

    New Stonington legislator encourages future lobstermen

    STONINGTON — Maine’s recent election has brought a crop of first-time legislators to Augusta, among them lobsterman Genevieve McDonald who filed her first piece of legislation even before the new Legislature has been sworn in. McDonald represents House District 134, an all-island district that stretches eastwards from Penobscot Bay to Mount Desert Island and includes

  • Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    GOULDSBORO — The big winds that pummeled eastern Maine late in November did plenty of damage along the coast, including the sinking of the lobster boat Robin A. II in Prospect Harbor. Last Friday, Bar Harbor scuba diver Ed Monat joined Captain Wid Minctons and his Southwest Harbor-based crane barge Charles Bradley in a salvage