Oil spill resource debuts for recreational boaters

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BoatU.S. has launched a new online Web site for recreational boaters affected by the Gulf oil spill that can help them stay informed, safeguard their boats and assist with recovery efforts.

The site brings together a range of public and private resources and information for boaters, including how to protect your boat and the environment as well as boat cleanup tips.

A unique live "observation map" allows boaters to e-mail updates of local conditions, which are then posted for public viewing. The map also includes reports from TowBoatU.S. towing ports and BoatU.S. Cooperating Marinas along the Gulf Coast.

"This is the one place where boaters can find out everything related with the oil spill," said BoatU.S. director of damage avoidance Bob Adriance.

A NOAA trajectory map shows daily forecasted movement and locations of the oil spill, and volunteer opportunities are also posted as well as fishing restrictions and claims information for boat damage.

Additionally, included are links to the most current information from a diverse range of state and federal government resources including the official Deepwater Horizon Response website, as well as news updates, video footage, and other reports.

For information, visit www.BoatUS.com/oilspill.