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.
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.