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 rules get tougher

    Elver rules get tougher

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s elver dealers will likely face stricter rules on where and how they do business when the 2019 fishing season gets underway. The fishing season for elvers opens March 22 and usually extends through June 7. Last year, though, the state closed the season two weeks early, on May 24. As a result

  • Marine Resources Committee open for business, sets Keliher confirmation hearing

    AUGUSTA — It’s a busy time for Maine’s newly organized 129th Legislature, with a new governor in the Blaine House, new committee chairs and nearly a thousand bills already filed for consideration, many of them sure to provoke controversy. The Marine Resources Committee has new co-chairs, Sen. Dave Miramant (D-Knox County) and Rep. Joyce McCreight

  • Planned seaweed farm reflects changes in Maine aquaculture

    Planned seaweed farm reflects changes in Maine aquaculture

    GOULDSBORO — When organized fish farming first came to Maine in the 1970s, the first crops were shellfish — primarily blue mussels and oysters — and the “sea farms” were pretty much limited geographically to the Damariscotta River and some of the more sheltered inlets on Vinalhaven. By the early ’80s, aquaculture had spread eastward,

  • 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