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 Ones You Should Know - Top 25 Fishes of the Caribbean

Tropical Western Atlantic fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on the fish you need to know.

Monday, November 16th, 2015, 8pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 104-642-795

Lesser Known Fish of Cozumel

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 151-054-363

Manta-nar (Fishinar about Mantas!)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 147-431-491

New Pacific NW Invertebrate and Algae Survey Species

Learn helpful tips about how to ID the 17 newly added Invertebrate and Algae species for the Pacific NW and Alaska region.
Instructor Janna Nichols

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 7 - 8:30pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 110-875-955

The Grunt Club: New Members

Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
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.
Instructor: Carol Cox, REEF Volunteer Expert surveyor

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

Cool Sharks! with Ray Troll

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

Common Reef Fishes of Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

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

Fishes of the Philippines Muck

Wenesday, March 23rd, 2016, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 100-029-675

Experience Level Testing

Take your REEF Experience level tests online by appointment. Email 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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