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]
  • Elver season to open Monday

    Elver season to open Monday

    ELLSWORTH — Yes, Virginia, there will be an elver season this year after all. On Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the 2020 elver fishing season would open at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 30. Originally slated to open last Sunday, March 22, the season was delayed by DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher because

  • Demand for Maine seafood plummets

    Demand for Maine seafood plummets

    ELLSWORTH – For decades, lobster has been the symbol of Maine’s fishing industry, but at the moment the microscopic coronavirus is taking center stage. As recently as Feb. 27, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state. By noon Wednesday, the CDC reported

  • State ferry service to cut schedule

      ELLSWORTH — Beginning Saturday, the Maine State Ferry Service will reduce its schedule because of a “significant” drop in riders and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The service reduction will remain in effect until further notice. According to a statement posted on its website Wednesday afternoon, like many ferry services across the

  • DMR postpones elver fishing season

    DMR postpones elver fishing season

    ELLSWORTH – The Maine elver fishing season, slated to open at noon on Sunday, is on an indefinite hold in an effort to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday night, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced he had made the “difficult decision” to close Maine’s coastal waters to “fishing for

  • Coronavirus affecting Maine fisheries

    Coronavirus affecting Maine fisheries

    CASTINE — As of early Wednesday morning, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention had yet to report a single confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by the coronavirus, in eastern Maine, but the lobster industry is already feeling the impacts of the global pandemic. The spread of the disease

  • Floating wind farms a hot topic at forum

    Floating wind farms a hot topic at forum

    ROCKPORT – If a changing climate, whale protection regulations and, now, the as yet immeasurable threat arising from the emergence of the coronavirus aren’t enough to keep fishermen awake at night, the potential development of offshore power generation facilities in the Gulf of Maine should do the trick. Earlier this month, the Maine Fishermen’s Forum

  • Ferry service reacts to coronavirus

    Ferry service reacts to coronavirus

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Ferry Service has published a “continuity of operation plan” outlining its response to the burgeoning threat of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Like employees at many other state agencies and businesses, the Ferry Service is requiring that certain employees work “remotely.” While the

  • DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    DMR asks DMR to approve aquaculture lease

    CUTLER — A three-year, four-acre experimental aquaculture lease to raise Atlantic salmon in Cutler Harbor was recently filed with the Department of Marine Resources. The applicant? The Department of Marine Resources, more particularly DMR’s Division of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat. The reviewer? DMR’s Aquaculture Division. The application requests a lease on four acres on

  • MMA suspends  campus classes

    MMA suspends campus classes

    CASTINE — On Thursday, March 12, Maine officials announced the state’s first presumptive case of COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus. By 11 a.m. Monday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of eight confirmed cases and nine presumed positive cases of COVID-19. Late Thursday, Maine Maritime Academy announced comprehensive, but flexible

  • Cal Maritime wins Los Angeles Harbor Cup

    Cal Maritime wins Los Angeles Harbor Cup

    ELLSWORTH — California Maritime Academy topped nine other college teams to win the 13th annual Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta, sailed March 6-8 in San Pedro, Calif., in equalized Catalina 37 sloops. This was the seventh win for California Maritime since the event was launched in 2008. Maine Maritime Academy won the inaugural