The bounty of the sea is at the heart of coastal Maine’s economy, past and present. Local fishermen working on the frontlines of today’s marine economy will talk about their work and the challenges currently facing their occupations from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the West Bath Fire Station.

Clammers, wormers, lobstermen, and oyster farmers from Georgetown, Phippsburg, Woolwich, and West Bath will be represented in a public panel discussion organized by Sagadahoc Democrats and moderated by Senator Eloise Vitelli, a member of the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee.

“Our economy relies on these fishing industries,” said Vitelli. “Climate change, pollution, estimates of reduced stock levels of some species, coastal development, and other issues we often hear about in the news all can seriously affect the future of the marine economy.”

Speaking for the organizers of the event, Bronwen Tudor explained the format is intended “to give folks in our coastal communities the opportunity to hear about our marine economy from the real experts, Maine people who work hard to make a living from the sea.”

The event is one of a series of public programs presented by Sagadahoc Democrats to highlight issues around the economy that directly impact the lives and well-being of working families in the region. Previous topics have included healthcare, child poverty, state funding for education, and environmental concerns.