REEF Fishinars

Some call them webinars. We call 'em Fishinars!

Fishie fun in the comfort of your own home. Fishinars are open to divers, snorkelers, and devout landlubbers alike. Anyone wanting to know more about ocean life is welcome to join in. Great for first-time REEF surveyors, or those wanting a review. These short, free webinars will teach you the finer points of identifying fish and invertebrates underwater. In addition to marine life identification sessions for all of REEF's project areas, we also feature guest speakers who present a variety of ocean topics. 

A Few Important Points

  • Although the courses are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend. Click on the REGISTER link, given in the descriptions below.
  • Fishinars are open and free to all REEF members. If you aren't yet a member, join today. It's free (and required for Fishinar registration).
  • Once you register for the webinar, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to log on.
  • Please log on at least 5-10 min prior to your session start time if possible.
  • You don't need a microphone or a webcam to be able to participate.
  • iPad, iPhone and Android device users - there is a free Citrix Online GoToMeeting app that will allow you to view our Fishinars, but the interface does not support full participation (you won't be able to raise your hand, type in questions or answers, etc.)
  • Make sure your computer/device meets the minimum system requirements as shown here.
  • We use common names, not scientific names, and focus on how to ID each critter.

Fishinar Cheat Sheets
(this is where you'll find the lists of fish taught in each session,
and can download and print them out. Great study aid!)

Fishinar Archive Listing
Access the huge list of past fishinars that have been recorded and are available for viewing.
(REEF membership required)

Upcoming Fishinars

Lionfish Jewelry: DIY Session

REEF Staff member Emily Stokes will show you how to make your own Lionfish Jewelry at home.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Emily Stokes
Webinar ID: 174-233-491

The War On Lionfish in a Context: How efforts to Combat the Invasion are Affecting Marine Conservation at Large

Are efforts to control the Lionfish actually working? Has focusing on the invasion affected the ways in which we address other conservation threats in ocean? Stephanie will address these questions and discuss some innovative programs underway.

Date Change: Now Thursday February 16th, 2017 (was Wed Jan 18th) 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Green, REEF Affiliate Scientist
Webinar ID: 550-290-755

Fishes of the Solomon Islands

Clear over on the other side of the world are a whole ocean full of colorful fish! Our Science Director Christy Semmens will teach you how to identify a few of them.

Monday, March 20th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 927-685-539

Caribbean Cleaner and Sponge Gobies

Put on your eyeglasses! These small cleaner gobies are a tough one to ID, but in this Fishinar, you'll learn some tips and tricks to make it a lot easier.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 831-211-339

Fishes in the Land of Finches - Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are well-known for Darwin's finches, but do you know about what lives under the waters there? Christy Semmens, REEF's Director of Science will lead this session.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 513-268-515

Parrotfish and Wrasse in the Sea of Cortez

Christy Semmens, our Science Director, will teach you tips and tricks to identify fish in the Parrotfish and Wrasse families found in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Monday, July 17th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 449-764-539

Grunts and Snappers in the Sea of Cortez

Learn how to identify some of the more common Grunts and Snappers found in the Sea of Cortez. And you don't even need to speak Spanish!

Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 830-881-435

Hawaiian Parrotfish

Eight Parrotfish species inhabit Hawaiian waters, some more common than others. Learn how to identify them with REEF's Science Director, Christy Semmens.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, 7 - 8pm Pacific time (that's 10pm Eastern) - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 249-656-435

And Coming Sometime in 2017:

A Quarter Century of the REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project

REEF's Director of Science, Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens, leads you through 25 years of the largest and longest running fish population citizen science project in the world.

Experience Level Testing

Take your REEF Experience level tests online by appointment. Email to set up a session.

  • You must have submitted 25, 35, or 50 surveys to the database before taking the level 3, 4 or 5 tests respectively.
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