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Apps aim to boost coastal economies

mobile-appsOregon Sea Grant has developed two apps for smartphones and tablets that aim to bolster the state’s coastal economies and appeal to tourists and seafood lovers.

The first app, Oregon’s Catch, identifies locations along the entire Oregon coast where people can buy fresh and frozen seafood caught by Oregon fishermen.

The second app, Oregon’s Working Waterfronts, offers a self-guided tour of waterfronts in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston. Through video clips and photos, users get a behind-the-scenes look at local industries and infrastructure—including a lumber mill, seafood processor, Coast Guard cutter, shipyard and tuna troller—and the people who work in and on them.

“For tourists, I hope they learn something, stay a little longer, and have a greater appreciation for the Coos Bay area,” says Jamie Doyle, an Oregon Sea Grant specialist with the OSU Extension Service who was involved with development of the apps. In addition to the app, Oregon Sea Grant produced a fold-out map of the same “stops.” The map will be available at local businesses and other attractions. The developers plan to add tours of other waterfronts in the future.

Both apps are free and available for Android (Oregon’s Catch, Oregon’s Working Waterfronts) and Apple ( Search for Oregon’s Catch and Oregon’s Working Waterfronts) devices.

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