Key Largo, Florida. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation’s home study DVD, Reef Fish Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas, A Beginning Course has been awarded a Bronze Award in the 2008 Telly Awards competition in the Non-Broadcast Education category.

Aimed at beginning fishwatchers, the course teaches the basics of fishwatching, including 50 common species found in the tropical Western Atlantic. Packaged with the DVD are a waterproof fish identification booklet, underwater survey slate, REEF survey materials and REEF membership. Designed primarily as a self-study tool, the DVD is also used by instructors in conjunction with marine life identification dive specialty courses and through REEF’s Field Station Program. The course is available online at and at dive retailers and resorts.

The one-hour DVD is a joint production between New World Publications and ReefNet. All proceeds from sales of the product help support the REEF Volunteer Survey Project, REEF’s flagship citizen science program that enlists volunteer divers and snorkelers to conduct marine life surveys that help scientists make informed resource management decisions.

The DVD is available through REEF's online store.

About the Telly Awards:

Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. It is a widely known and highly respected international competition and receives over 14,000 entries annually from all fifty states and many foreign countries.

About REEF:

REEF was founded in 1990 out of growing concern about the health of the marine environment, and the desire to provide the scuba diving community a way to contribute to the understanding and protection of marine life populations. REEF volunteers have assisted with monitoring projects at National Marine Sanctuaries, National Parks, state research sites and international marine areas. For more information on REEF, please visit