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]
  • Marine Contractors Staying Busy

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The economy may be adrift, but marine contractors and fabricators working in Hancock County had a busy year in 2011 and 2012 promises plenty of construction activity around the water. In Ellsworth, Deb Newman, office manager at Superior Docks, said that business at the welded aluminum gangway fabricator was strong. “Right now,

  • With FAA for the Birds, Oyster Farm Is on Hold

    TRENTON — Connoisseurs say a good wine reflects the terroir of the locale in which its grapes were grown. The same is true of the oyster. Lovers of those craggy, tasty bivalves swear that, while they are all the same species, even oysters grown in adjacent coves on the same river will have distinctly different

  • LePage Celebrates Hinckley Launching

    LePage Celebrates Hinckley Launching

    Governor Paul LePage visited The Hinckley Co. Wednesday afternoon to join the company at the christening of the first of its new Talaria 48 motor yachts, Courtship. The new boat is headed for the Bahamas. Hinckley President Jim McManus said the company had already taken firm orders for 11 of the $2.2 million-plus boats. He

  • DMR Commissioner Reports Record Lobster Landings

    HALLOWELL — Confirming anecdotal reports of a record catch in 2011, new Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner Patrick Keliher said in an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday that Maine lobster landings topped 100 million pounds last year. The previous record, some 94.7 million pounds worth about $313 million, was set in 2010. In

  • Feds, State Will Fund Blue Hill Bay Assessment

    ELLSWORTH — A $35,000 grant to the Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC) from the Maine Coastal Program will fund a “watershed needs assessment” for Blue Hill Bay. Last week, the State Planning Office announced that it had awarded grants totaling $291,000 to fund eight projects along the Maine coast. The money for the grants came

  • Legislature Confirms Keliher As New DMR Commissioner

    ELLSWORTH — After nearly six months as acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Patrick Keliher dropped “acting” from his title last Thursday after he was sworn in by Governor Paul LePage as the department’s new top gun. Keliher was named to the temporary post last July after Norman Olsen resigned as

  • Shrimp Quota Gets Boost, But Processors Say Not Enough

    Shrimp Quota Gets Boost, But Processors Say Not Enough

    ELLSWORTH — Meeting in Portland last Friday, fisheries regulators from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) increased the 2012 landings quota for shrimp by about 10 percent, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy the state’s shrimp processing industry. Last fall, the commission’s Northern Shrimp Section set a 2,000 metric ton (4.4 million pounds) total

  • Shrimp Landings: A Snapshot

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has been keeping close tabs on shrimp landings so that fisheries regulators have the data to make any adjustments to this year’s quota or season. Shrimp dealers file reports each Wednesday of the amount of shrimp they purchased directly from harvesters during the previous week. At