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]
  • Bucksport salmon farm gets DEP permit

    BUCKSPORT — Portland-based Whole Oceans LLC took another step toward building a 44-million-pound land-based salmon farm on the site of the former Verso Paper Co. mill recently when the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued two permits for wastewater discharge from the proposed facility. In June, Whole Oceans applied to MDEP for a Maine Pollutant

  • FERC gives preliminary nod to new Ellsworth dam license

    FERC gives preliminary nod to new Ellsworth dam license

    ELLSWORTH — Nearly six years after Black Bear Hydro began the process to extend its license to maintain and operate electrical generation facilities at the Union River dam, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week issued a preliminary decision on the matter. The commission stated that “licensing the Ellsworth Project as proposed by Black Bear

  • Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    Oyster farm decision draws qualified support

    PENOBSCOT — The decision by the Department of Marine Resources to approve a lease for an oyster farm in the Bagaduce River has drawn a measure of support from two vocal opponents. Caren Plank and William McWeeny intervened in the DMR hearing and decision process as opponents to the application by Taunton Bay Oyster Co.

  • Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    Scallop season starts early down on the farm

    STONINGTON — Except for a handful of divers in southern Maine, scallop season doesn’t start until at least Dec. 1 — unless you know the right people. The people to know in this instance are Stonington scallop farmers Marsden Brewer and his son, Bobby. Last Thursday, they began taking orders for live scallops freshly harvested

  • Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    Brooklin Boat Yard moves forward with new 55-footer

    BROOKLIN — Romantics may dream of castles in Spain, but Spanish yacht designers, it seems, dream of boatbuilders in Maine. For the past few months, Brooklin Boat Yard has been busy with the construction of an as yet unnamed — or at least not publicly — 55-foot Spirit of Tradition racing yacht designed by Botin

  • Regulators continue shrimp fishing moratorium

    Regulators continue shrimp fishing moratorium

    PORTLAND — In a move that shocked nobody, fisheries managers voted on Friday to extend the moratorium on shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine for three more years, through 2021. The action came at a meeting of the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which also approved modifications to the

  • Scallop season is almost here

    ELLSWORTH — Good news for gourmets. If the weekend’s snow events weren’t warning enough, winter is almost here. So, too, is the Maine scallop fishing season. The 2018-2019 scallop season gets underway in just a couple of weeks, with few changes from last season. The daily possession limit won’t change. As it was last winter