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]
  • Japan will resume commercial whaling in July

    ELLSWORTH — Japan will resume commercial whale hunting next summer for the first time since the International Whaling Commission imposed a moratorium on the fishery more than 30 years ago. On Dec. 26, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, announced that the country would withdraw from the IWC on June 30, 2019, and resume commercial

  • New Stonington legislator encourages future lobstermen

    New Stonington legislator encourages future lobstermen

    STONINGTON — Maine’s recent election has brought a crop of first-time legislators to Augusta, among them lobsterman Genevieve McDonald who filed her first piece of legislation even before the new Legislature has been sworn in. McDonald represents House District 134, an all-island district that stretches eastwards from Penobscot Bay to Mount Desert Island and includes

  • Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    Barge, diver raise sunken lobster boat

    GOULDSBORO — The big winds that pummeled eastern Maine late in November did plenty of damage along the coast, including the sinking of the lobster boat Robin A. II in Prospect Harbor. Last Friday, Bar Harbor scuba diver Ed Monat joined Captain Wid Minctons and his Southwest Harbor-based crane barge Charles Bradley in a salvage

  • Bartenders share favorite spirits to gift

    Bartenders share favorite spirits to gift

    The holidays are almost here and, when it’s time to spread some holiday cheer to family and friends, there’s often nothing more appreciated than a gift of spirits. Happily, the variety of spirits available for gifting is enormous, limited only by imagination, taste and, in truth, pocketbook. While some bottles of wine sell for hundred

  • Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    Maine fisheries groups support DMR Commissioner Keliher

    ELLSWORTH — Who says miracles don’t happen? In what must be a first in modern history, virtually every commercial fishing organization in Maine joined together to urge Governor-elect Janet Mills to keep Patrick Keliher on the job as commissioner of Marine Resources after she takes office in January. First reported in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s

  • Hanukkah celebration is underway

    Hanukkah celebration is underway

    ELLSWORTH — Jews around the world began their celebration of the eight days of Hanukkah this past weekend, lighting the first candle in the eight-branched candelabra known as menorah at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2. An additional candle is lit at sundown on each of the next seven days. The candles are placed in the

  • Canadian lobster giant improves grading

    ELLSWORTH — A giant Canadian lobster dealer has come up with the proverbial better mousetrap. Early this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to Clearwater Seafoods Limited of Bedford, Nova Scotia, for a camera-based imaging system that will, the company claims, let it determine the stage in the molting process and