Maine Gov. John Baldacci will give the keynote speech at a Dec. 17 forum at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole designed to explore solutions to the state’s shrinking access to its working waterfronts.

“Working Waterfront Access: A Forum on Challenges and Solutions” will enable communities, fishermen, planners, citizens, water dependent industries and others to go home with concrete examples and tools they can use.

The goal of the forum is to emphasize the value of a diverse waterfront in Maine, and to identify challenges and solutions for waterfront-dependent communities and businesses.

This is a free event, but registration is required. For information contact Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant, 288-5015 ext. 298; Robert Snyder, Island Institute 594-9209 ext. 142; Herb Sears, Gulf of Maine Foundation (603) 773-0153; Jim Connors, Maine Coastal Program 287-8938

Host of the forum is the Gulf of Maine Foundation with support from Maine Sea Grant, Maine Coastal Program and the Island Institute.