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]
  • 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

  • Maine Shrimp Industry Pushing for Annual Quota Increase

    Maine Shrimp Industry Pushing for Annual Quota Increase

    ELLSWORTH — With the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) scheduled to meet in Portland this (Thursday) morning to discuss whether it needs to make adjustments to the current fishing season, the Maine shrimp industry is pushing hard for an increase in the annual quota. Concerned with stock assessment numbers

  • DMR Approves Oyster Farm

    TRENTON — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) had a Christmas present for Warren Pettegrow, but it may have spoiled the holiday for some Goose Cove property owners. According to Bar Harbor attorney Doug Chapman, on Christmas Eve the department sent out a preliminary decision granting the application of Pettegrow’s Acadia Sea Farms Inc.

  • DMR Plans a Scoping Session For Controversial Clam Farm

    DMR Plans a Scoping Session For Controversial Clam Farm

    SURRY — Hancock shellfish grower Joe Porada will have a chance to discuss his controversial proposal to farm hardshell clams and oysters in Morgan Bay with concerned area residents at a Department of Marine Resources (DMR) scoping session scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2. This will be the second scoping session involving Porada’s plans for Morgan

  • Keliher Gets Governor’s Nod As Permanent DMR Chief

    AUGUSTA — Governor Paul LePage announced last Friday that he was nominating Patrick Keliher to serve as commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). Keliher’s nomination is subject to review by the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee and confirmation by the Maine Senate. The Governor’s action came little more than two weeks shy of

  • Former DMR Commissioner In Line for Federal Post

    ELLSWORTH — According to a report published last week in the Gloucester Times newspaper, former Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner George Lapointe is one of two final candidates for regional administrator for the Northeast Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service. Speaking on Monday, Lapointe would confirm only that he

  • Already Tough Shrimp Season Could Get Worse

    ELLSWORTH — Challenged by a late start and a total landings limit that is half of last year’s quota and just 36 percent of what was actually landed, Maine’s shrimp industry was already facing a hard winter when the fishing season opened on Monday. Last week, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) signaled that

  • Cobscook Bay Closed to Scalloping

    ELLSWORTH — For fishermen in Cobscook Bay, the new Maine scallop season has just about ended almost before it began. The season opened on Saturday, Dec. 17, with expectations of a good, strong harvest. Within days, though, Downeast scallopers knew they were in trouble. The scallops were scarce, and most of the bivalves that came