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

The Grunt Club: New Members

All the Grunts of the Caribbean including some new family members.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Webinar ID:
117-710-563

Gulf of Mexico: North vs. South

Compare fish found in the Northern portion of the Gulf of Mexico, vs the ones found in the South. This is a two part class. Come to one or both as your schedule allows.

  • Part One: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
    Instructor: Carol Cox
    Webinar ID:
    134-860-827
  • Part Two: Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
    Instructor: Carol Cox
    Webinar ID:
    122-170-643

Cool Sharks! with Ray Troll

The immortal illustrator Ray Troll shows us some of his favorite weird sharks...bound to be classic...don't miss it!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Ray Troll
Webinar ID:
151-008-443

Common Reef Fishes of Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

REEF Director of Science Christy Semmens gears up for REEF's trip to the Philippines.

Monday, March 21st, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 151-835-443

Fishes of the Philippines' Muck

Part 2 of Dr. Christy Semmens' examination of the fish of the Philippines.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID:
100-029-675

The Lionfish Invasion: Current Findings and Control Efforts

An update from REEF HQ on the latest findings on the Lionfish invasion and what you can do to help.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Emily Stokes
Webinar ID:
127-193-699

More Holy Moly Gobies

Further examination of those tiny and varied denizens of the reef.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Webinar ID:
146-981-715

Fishes and Invertebrates of REEF's South Atlantic States (SAS) Region

The fish and invertebrates you are likely to see in one of REEF's newer survey regions: SAS, the South Atlantic States, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

  • Part One - Fishes: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
    Instructor: Janna Nichols and Frank Krasovec
    Webinar ID:
    109-919-347
  • Part Two - Invertebrates: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
    Instructor: Janna Nichols and Frank Krasovec
    Webinar ID:
    143-792-179

You do WHAT for a Living? The Next Chapter

Science Illustrator Val Kells fills us in on her new book: A Field Guide To Coastal Fishes: from Alaska to California

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Marine Illustrator Val Kells
Webinar ID: 143-766-931

Hawaii Fishes: Life on a Coral Head - Hawkfish and More

Fish you'll pass as you swim by the beautiful coral heads of the Hawaiian Islands.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 7pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 111-552-411

The Wrasse Class: Back in School

Those Wrasscally Wrasses of the Caribbean are back and just as hard to keep up with and tell apart!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Webinar ID: 134-670-499

The Northeast's Less Frequently Seen Fish

Fish can sometimes few and far between in the waters of the Northeast. These are ones you might not ever see! Cunner not welcome!!

Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Janna Nichols and Jason Feick
Webinar ID: 147-727-443

Blue Heron Bridge: Life in the Muck

Some of the cooler critters you will find at the Blue Heron Bridge. Voted one of the top ten muck dives in the whole world!

  • Part One - Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
    Instructors: Carlos and Allison Estape
    Webinar ID:
    152-701-971
  • Part Two - Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
    Instructors: Carlos and Allison EstapeWebinar ID: 136-234-603

Super Duper Groupers, Part Deux

From giant to tiny, grouper and seabass are a fascinating group of fishes. We'll show you some ways to tell them apart!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Webinar ID: 141-315-139

Less Frequently Seen Fish of Virgin Gorda, BVI

For those of you going on the REEF trip to Virgin Gorda or just interested in Caribbean fish in general this class will look at those species seen less than a third of the time.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Janna Nichols
Webinar ID: 157-710-075

Fishes of Bermuda

An island of many endemics, these are the more interesting fish you are likely to see there.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Ned and Anna DeLoach
Webinar ID: 147-112-083

Underwater Residents of Barkley Sound, BC

The creatures you are likely to see when diving the cold waters of Barkley Sound, British Columbia.

Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Janna Nichols
Webinar ID: 139-102-947

Common Fishes of Micronesia

REEF Director of Science Christy Semmens gears up for REEF's trip to Palau.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 159-630-363

See Saba Underwater

Whether you'll be on the REEF Saba trip or are just interested in seeing what's in the waters off Saba, here's what to expect of the underwater volcanic wonder.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Webinar ID: 128-351-667

Hawaii: Life in the Sand

REEF Director of Science Christy Semmens shows us some of the fish that live in Hawaiian sands.

Monday November 14th, 2016, 7pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Instructor: Christy Semmens
Webinar ID: 119-521-643

 

Experience Level Testing

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

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