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]
  • Genetically engineered salmon inch closer to market

    ELLSWORTH — Halloween is a long ways off, but the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon dubbed “Frankenfish” by critics are now a little bit closer to commercial production in the United States. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the nod to Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies Inc. to begin growing its genetically modified AquAdvantage Salmon

  • Trojans’ early momentum stalls at O’Day qualifier

    Trojans’ early momentum stalls at O’Day qualifier

    PORTLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School sailing team got the weekend off to a terrific start on Saturday. The Trojans’ A-division boat won the first race of the day at the Saturday qualifier for the annual New England Schools Sailing Association’s Fleet Racing Championship, the O’Day Trophy regatta, but it was all downhill

  • Dead whale found in Downeast cove

    Dead whale found in Downeast cove

    LUBEC — The carcass of a young humpback whale stranded in Boot Cove, southwest of Quoddy Narrows, was discovered this week but, as yet, scientists don’t know how, when or where the whale died. On Friday, Allied Whale Research Associate and Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator Rosemary Seton said the whale was a young female, probably

  • 2018 lobster boat race calendar is released

    2018 lobster boat race calendar is released

    ELLSWORTH — Hold on to your hats. Icy weather notwithstanding, the release last week of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association calendar poster is an absolute sign that summer is just around the corner. The poster features a striking photo of big, diesel-powered boats thundering up Moosabec Reach during last year’s Jonesport/Beals Island Lobster Boat

  • Land-based farmed salmon are still a ways from the dinner table

    BUCKSPORT — Earlier this year, the Portland-based company Whole Oceans announced plans to build a $250-million facility to grow Atlantic salmon in land-based tanks on the site of the former Verso paper mill in Bucksport. The company lists both Billund Aquaculture, based in Billund, Denmark, and the Freshwater Institute, located in Shepherdstown, W.Va., as partners

  • Elver season is over for some

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine elver fishing season runs from March 22 to June 7 each year, but not for everybody. The elver harvest is limited by an overall annual quota allocated among state-licensed harvesters and Maine’s four federally recognized Indian tribes, including the Passamaquoddy. On Sunday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the elver

  • Shellfish closure is a matter of caution

    Shellfish closure is a matter of caution

    DEER ISLE — Last Thursday, the Department of Marine Resources imposed a ban on harvesting shellfish from an aquaculture lease site off Deer Isle. On Friday, Kohl Kanwit, Director of DMR’s Bureau of Public Health, explained that the harvest closure was a precautionary measure in response to a common practice in shellfish farming. The department

  • New Water Street shop is in the market for elvers

    New Water Street shop is in the market for elvers

    ELLSWORTH — The elver fishing season just about three weeks old, it began March 22, but the tiny, valuable juvenile eels are in no hurry to start swimming up Downeast brooks and rivers. As of 6 p.m. Monday, the Department of Marine Resources reported that licensed dealers had purchased a total of just over 1,150

  • Sea urchin landings report yields good news

    Sea urchin landings report yields good news

    WINTER HARBOR — Tucked up inside Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor is a busy port for green sea urchin harvesters, but it is just one Maine harbor that enjoyed a successful winter fishing season. Late last month, the Department of Marine Resources announced preliminary landings figures from 2017-2018 fishing season at a meeting of the Sea