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Boating organization covers oil spill

To help see first-hand what the ongoing Deepwater Explorer spill in the Gulf of Mexico means to recreational boaters and anglers, the BoatU.S. Foundation recently sent member Chris Edmonston to the "front lines" in Louisiana to investigate.

He also worked with a television production company to videotape some public service announcements that we hope to share with you in the future and will be aired on cable networks.

Chris took photographs and spoke to people along the way.

Click here to view a link to select photos posted on a map, all taken on May 13-14.

Click here for a link to Chris' report filed on Friday, May 14.

Click here to see all of the photos in an online library.

Meanwhile, federal officials confirmed oil from the Gulf has reached the so-called loop current, which could send it around South Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday "a small portion" of the oil slick resulting from the Deepwater Horizon's explosion last month has reached the current, according to media reports.

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco said once oil hits the current, it could reach the Florida Strait in eight to 10 days. If oil enters the current, persistent offshore winds could bring it to Florida's shore, she added.

Evaporation and natural dispersion will reduce the oil volume significantly in the current, however, changing the nature of the crude and transforming it mainly into tar balls, Lubchenco added.

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