REEF Webinars / Fishinars

Some call them webinars. We call 'em Fishinars!

Fishie fun in the comfort of your own home. Great for first-timers or those wanting a review. These short, free webinars will teach you the finer points of identifying fish and invertebrates underwater.

  • We use common names, not scientific names, and focus on how to ID each critter.
  • Fishinars help divers and snorkelers learn how to become citizen scientists and help monitor marine life on their recreational dives. Data gathered goes into REEF's publically accessible online database to help students, researchers, scientists, policy-makers, etc. This is the largest marine life sightings database in the world.
  • Fishinars are open to divers, snorkelers, and devout landlubbers alike. Anyone wanting to know more about our local underwater residents is welcome to join in.
  • 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.) So just a heads up!

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!)

View Our Fishinar Archive Listing
Jump directly down to the bottom of the page to see the huge list of past fishinars that have been recorded and are available for viewing (REEF membership required)

A Few Mind-Blowing Fish Every Ichthyo-Geek Should Know About

Alaskan artist Ray Troll will talk about a few of the more intriguing fish that have inspired him over the course of his long and very fishy career. He’ll touch on living and extinct members of the vertebrate tribe and show examples of his work.

From his tree lined studio, high on a hill above the Tongass Narrows in rain-swept Ketchikan Alaska, Ray Troll draws & paints fishy images that migrate into museums, books and magazines and onto t-shirts sold around the planet. Basing his quirky, aquatic images on the latest scientific discoveries, Ray brings a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology & paleontology.

He and his wife Michelle run the Soho Coho gallery in Ketchikan appropriately situated in an old historic house of ill repute located on a salmon spawning stream. Ray believes that everyone should be in a band regardless of talent or ambition. Holding true to that ethic he leads a band of musical renegades called the Ratfish Wranglers.

He has appeared on the Discovery Channel, lectured at Cornell, Harvard and Yale, shown work at the Smithsonian and has even had a fish named after him (a New Zealand species of ratfish called Hydrolagus trolli). Not too shabby for a t-shirt wearing kinda’ guy.

Presenter: Ray Troll
Wednesday, April 16th at 7pm Pacific time  - Register

  • CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE! This Fishinar starts at 7pm Pacific Coast time. Your time zone may vary.
  • Although the Fishinars are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend.
  • If you are not already a member, you'll need to Join REEF to be able to register (it's free).
  • 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.

What I Did On My Fall Vacation – Research on the Fishes of Southern California Oil/Gas Platforms

Most of us lead drab and colorless lives as drones and cogs in faceless organizations. With his tales of research around southern California oil and gas platforms, Milton (only his wife calls him Dr. Love) will enter your world like a bright and fanciful rainbow, or a swatch of William Morris wallpaper, or perhaps one of those Baratza espresso makers that look like something out of a caffeine-induced fantasy.

Dr. Milton Love is a research biologist at the Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara. He has conducted research on the marine fishes of California for over 40 years and is the author of over 90 publications on the fishes of the Pacific Coast and has written such books Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast, A Guide to the Rockfishes, Thornyheads, and Scorpionfishes of the Northeast Pacific, and The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific. For the past 18 years, and using a manned research submersible, Dr. Love has carried out surveys of the fish populations living around natural reefs and oil/gas platforms throughout the southern California Bight.

Proving that you can fool some of the people all of the time, in 2007 the American Fisheries Society awarded Dr. Love the Carl R. Sullivan Award for Conservation Resources.

Presenter: Milton Love
RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm Pacific time  - Register

  • CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE! This Fishinar starts at 7pm Pacific Coast time. Your time zone may vary.
  • Although the Fishinars are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend.
  • If you are not already a member, you'll need to Join REEF to be able to register (it's free).
  • 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.

Hawaii's Wrascally Wrasses

This session will help you differentiate between many of the wrasses you see when diving/snorkeling in Hawaii.

Instructors: Heather George, Donna Brown, and Liz Foote
Tuesday, May 13th at 7pm Pacific time  - Register

  • CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE! This class starts at 7pm Pacific Coast time. Your time zone may vary.
  • Although the Fishinars are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend.
  • If you are not already a member, you'll need to Join REEF to be able to register (it's free).
  • 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.

Coralinar!

This seminar will provide an everything-you-need-to-know basic introduction to reef-building corals, including their structure, function, and how to identify them. The coralinar will also cover common threats to corals as well as how to identify when corals are stressed and diseased.


Marilyn Brandt, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies and the College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Virgin Islands.  Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics and impact of disease and other mortality sources on future trajectories of coral reefs. She is an instructor and graduate advisor in the UVI Masters of Marine and Environmental Science Program as well as a mentor for undergraduate research projects in the Department of Biology. Marilyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from New York University in 2001 and went on to receive her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School at the University of Miami in 2007. She has worked extensively with the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) program in several parts of the Caribbean, training local scientists and managers in reef health assessment methods. She has also published multiple scientific articles on coral health and disease and developed the first simulation model applied to coral disease spread.

Instructor: Marilyn Brandt
Thursday, May 29th at 8pm Eastern time  - Register

  • CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE! This class starts at 8pm East Coast time. Your time zone may vary.
  • Although the Fishinars are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend.
  • If you are not already a member, you'll need to Join REEF to be able to register (it's free).
  • 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.

Eastside vs Westside: Lookalike Fish from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts

Meet the Andys! Andy Lamb from the Pacific Northwest, and Andy Martinez, from New England. Both are renowned marine life authors and naturalists. Andy Martinez is well-known for his "Marine Life of the North Atlantic". Andy Lamb has written several books, notably "Coastal Fishes of the Pacific NW" and "Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest". Both are beloved resources and we're so lucky to have them both with us for this exceptional Fishinar.

Presenters: Andy Lamb and Andy Martinez
Thursday, June 19th at 8pm Eastern time (5pm Pacific time)  - Register

  • CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE! This class starts at 8pm East Coast time (which is 5pm West Coast time). Your time zone may vary.
  • Although the Fishinars are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend.
  • If you are not already a member, you'll need to Join REEF to be able to register (it's free).
  • 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.

Coralinar!

This seminar will provide an everything-you-need-to-know basic introduction to reef-building corals, including their structure, function, and how to identify them. The coralinar will also cover common threats to corals as well as how to identify when corals are stressed and diseased.

Marilyn Brandt, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies and the College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Virgin Islands.  Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics and impact of disease and other mortality sources on future trajectories of coral reefs. She is an instructor and graduate advisor in the UVI Masters of Marine and Environmental Science Program as well as a mentor for undergraduate research projects in the Department of Biology. Marilyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from New York University in 2001 and went on to receive her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School at the University of Miami in 2007. She has worked extensively with the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) program in several parts of the Caribbean, training local scientists and managers in reef health assessment methods. She has also published multiple scientific articles on coral health and disease and developed the first simulation model applied to coral disease spread.

Playing in the Sandbox: Top 12 Sand Dwellers of the Caribbean

Don't miss out on what lives in the sand, if you do you're missing out on half your dive...creatures great and small for your enjoyment!

Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Tuesday, Oct 7th at 8pm Eastern time  - Register

  • CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE! This class starts at 8pm East Coast time. Your time zone may vary.
  • Although the Fishinars are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend.
  • If you are not already a member, you'll need to Join REEF to be able to register (it's free).
  • 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.

That Face, That Face, That Wonderful Face! Top 12 Blennies of the Caribbean

Everybody's favorite goofballs - their habits and behavior.

Instructor: Jonathan Lavan
Tuesday, Nov 4th at 8pm Eastern time  - Register

  • CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE! This class starts at 8pm East Coast time. Your time zone may vary.
  • Although the Fishinars are free, you must register for each session you'd like to attend.
  • If you are not already a member, you'll need to Join REEF to be able to register (it's free).
  • 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.

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.

Fishinar Archives

Current Fishinars are posted for a limited time after the Fishinar ends.

To view all other Fishinars, send request to janna@reef.org with the following info:

Fishinar archives are intended for individual viewing only, not for groups. Contact Janna if you'd like to show a Fishinar to your group.

  • Intro to REEF - Quickstart Guide to doing surveys - Click Here to View
  • Northern Gulf of Mexico's Dapper Dozen
  • NE Fish ID: The Northeast's Dirty Dozen
  • PNW Fish ID: Rockfish Rock!
  • PNW Fish ID: Scalawag Sculpins
  • PNW Fish ID: Gunnels, Greenlings, Gobies and more
  • PNW Fish ID: Weirdos: Ratfish, Flatfish and more
  • Cozumel's Dirty Dozen (sorry, not recorded)
  • Cozumel: The Next 13 Fish
  • CAL Fish ID: Rockin' Rockfish
  • CAL Fish ID: Scalawag Sculpins
  • CAL Fish ID: Wrasse 'n' Bass: Nobody rides for free
  • CAL Fish ID: Pesky Perch
  • CAL Fish ID: Odds 'n' Ends
  • CAL Invertebrate ID Part 1
  • CAL Invertebrate ID Part 2
  • TWA Lookalikes? Look Again!
  • Caribbean Cryptics
  • PNW Advanced Fish ID Part 1
  • PNW Advanced Fish ID Part 2
  • PNW Advanced Fish ID Part 3
  • TWA Not Exactly Bums: Fish that live under Florida's Blue Heron Bridge
  • TWA: Perplexing Parrotfish
  • HAW: Fish that Say Aloha: Hawaii's Top 15 Fish
  • TEP: Que Pasa? Top 12 Fish in the Northern Sea of Cortez
  • Lionfish 101: Recording issues. 40 mins, then QA session
  • Speed Dating Fishy Style with Ned DeLoach
  • TWA: The Wrasse Class
  • PNW: Sculpins Under Scrutiny
  • The Blennywatcher
  • TWA: Holy Moly Gobies!
  • TWA:Lookalikes? Look Again! Part 2
  • TWA: Super Duper Groupers!
  • TWA: The Grunt Club
  • TWA: Caribbean Hit Parade - Top 25
  • TWA: Those Darn Damsels!
  • TWA: Hamlets - (starts late on 2nd slide - sorry!)
  • HAW: Bodacious Butterflies of Hawaii
  • TWA: Triggerfish and Filefish
  • TWA: Boxfish and Puffers
  • TWA: Blue Heron Bridge Revisited
  • Cleaning Stations with Ned DeLoach
  • TWA: Bonaire's Top 25 (ScubaBoard special Fishinar)
  • NE: Northeast Fish You Should Know
  • TWA: Safety Stop Fish
  • TWA: Perplexing Parrotfish
  • TWA: Keep Pointing! Fish You Might Mistake for a Rock
  • TWA: Overlooked Fish of Cozumel (Sorry, recording fail - we had technical difficulties)
  • TWA: Drums and Croakers
  • You Do WHAT For a Living? Marine Illustrator Val Kells
  • PNW Invertebrate ID: Sponges and Stingers
  • PNW Invertebrate ID: Gettin' Crabby
  • PNW Invertebrate ID: Marvelous Molluscs
  • PNW Invertebrate ID: Stars and Squirts
  • Seeing Red! Squirrelfish, Soldierfish and Cardinalfish 
  • CAL California Lookalikes
  • SAS Top 25 Fish
  • Crabinar! with Greg Jensen
  • Roatan Top 25
  • TWA: Angels and Butterflies - Click here to view

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