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]
  • Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    ELLSWORTH — A federal administrative law judge has ruled that Maine Coast Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices when it fired an employee for writing a letter to the editor that was critical of the hospital. The judge also ruled that the hospital must offer the former employee, Karen-Jo Young, her job back and compensate

  • Will lobstermen wear life jackets while they work?

    Will lobstermen wear life jackets while they work?

    ELLSWORTH — It’s no secret that commercial fishing can be an extremely dangerous occupation. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, the rate of fatalities in commercial fishing is more than 30 times higher than the average industrial fatality rate and falling overboard is the

  • Ship’s documentation service moves to Main Street

    Ship’s documentation service moves to Main Street

    ELLSWORTH — The jump from processing insurance claims to registering new vessel ownership with the U.S. Coast Guard may seem a long one, but for Susan Brown, owner of the Bayside Documentation Co,. the transition was natural and successful. More than two decades ago, Brown moved to Downeast Maine from Vermont and took a clerical

  • Small oyster farms are big, big business

    Small oyster farms are big, big business

    PORTLAND — It’s no secret that shellfish aquaculture is expanding rapidly in Maine with the farming of oysters leading the charge. In 2013, according to the Department of Marine Resources, oyster landings in Maine totaled some 966,167 pounds, virtually all of it farmed product, worth about $2.4 million. Last year, Maine producers landed some 2.7

  • DMR announces new program aimed at salmon recovery

    ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources has adopted a new program to provide funding for Atlantic salmon recovery work and reduce regulatory hurdles for road and bridge construction projects. The Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Conservation Program gives public and private parties working on road and bridge construction projects the flexibility to pay a fee

  • NOAA scientists admit a gaffe on risk to whales of lobster trap lines

    ELLSWORTH — Late last month, the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center released a “technical memorandum” suggesting that expensive efforts by Maine lobstermen aimed at reducing the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales and other large whales would become entangled in vertical buoy lines had backfired. According to the memorandum, issued just before a

  • Lower herring quotas squeeze lobster trade

    Lower herring quotas squeeze lobster trade

    DEER ISLE — Nothing new, but for the fishing industry nothing is as constant as change. Last year, according to the Department of Marine Resources, lobster was Maine’s most valuable fishery with landings of 110,819,760 pounds — the sixth highest ever — worth some $450,799,283. Despite all the talk about high value species such as

  • Regulators set hearing on shrimp rules

    Regulators set hearing on shrimp rules

    ELLSWORTH — Shrimp fishermen — the few that are left, anyway — will be able to weigh in on a proposed change to the rules governing the fishery tentatively approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Meeting in Portland earlier this month, the ASMFC’s Northern Shrimp Section approved, subject to public comment, an “addendum”