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Oil spill’s impact on boating, fishing chronicled on Fox Sports Net

By Staff | Aug 3, 2010

A new 13-week television show series aims to show an up close view of the devastating impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico boating and fishing communities.

Airing Sundays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Net and presented by BoatUS Angler , Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook portrays a realistic picture of conditions out in the field. Visits to bird recovery facilities, documenting the oil spill’s damage to sensitive marshes and bays, and most importantly, fishing trips on the large swaths of unaffected areas are all included.

Traveling to the region with show host and TV fishing personality Wade Middleton is Chris Edmonston of BoatUS, who presents segments on how to avoid and take care of oil spill damage to your boat, hurricane preparedness, and boating safety topics.

"’I have spent my entire life on the water, but you just can’t understand how important the water is to Gulf residents until you go down there," said Edmonston. "The water is life to them."

"This show doesn’t go into the politics," said Middleton. "It tells the compelling stories of the anglers, guides, captains, boaters and many others whose lives have been irrevocably affected by the spill. We’ve traveled to four states and fished many spots, seeing first-hand how this region is coping."

BoatUS Angler is a membership program for anglers from the nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, Boat Owners Association of The United States. The organization has also set up a website — www.BoatUS.com/oilspill — which can help boaters and anglers stay informed, safeguard their boats, and assist with recovery efforts.

The show repeats Fridays at 4 p.m., but check your local listings to be sure. The show is produced by Careco Multimedia. For more information on BoatUS Angler, go to www.BoatUSAngler.com.