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

Digging Into Data: How to Use REEF's Database

REEF Staff members Ellie Splain and Janna Nichols will guide you through various methods of using data from REEF's database - the largest marine life sightings database of its kind in the world.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Janna Nichols and Ellie Splain
Webinar ID: 118-982-411

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

Don't Forget the Chubs and Porgies!

Easy to overlook and hard to tell apart these silvery fishes have some subtle but distinct differences. Carlos and Allison will show you all the ID tricks you need!

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Thursday, December 15th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Carlos and Allison Estape
Webinar ID: 156-630-931


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.
Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub