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

Dominica - The Nature Island Above and Underwater

In Dominica, some of the Caribbean’s unusual critters are actually pretty usual! Join Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, as he describes why Dominica is such a unique place, both above and underwater. This Fishinar is ideal for those interested in REEF's Field Survey trip to Dominica in February (spaces still available).

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Lad Akins
Webinar ID: 177-074-891

Butterflyfishes of the Tropical Pacific Part 1

CIP/SOP Fish ID: Butterflyfish are some of the most frequently sighted fish in the Tropical Pacific. In this two part Fishinar, REEF Trips Program Manager Amy Lee will cover the top 30 species found in the most biodiverse part of the world.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Amy Lee
Webinar ID: 247-848-939

The War On Lionfish: An Update

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

Butterflyfishes of the Tropical Pacific Part 2

CIP/SOP Fish ID: Butterflyfish are some of the most frequently sighted fish in the Tropical Pacific. In this two part Fishinar, REEF Trips Program Manager Amy Lee will cover the top 30 species found in the most biodiverse part of the world.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Amy Lee
Webinar ID: 739-084-339

Common Angelfish of the Tropical Pacific

CIP/SOP Fish ID: There are many different species of Angelfish in the Tropical Pacific, and REEF Trips Program Manager Amy Lee will teach you how to identify some of the most common species in this Fishinar. 

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Amy Lee
Webinar ID: 891-005-395  

Fishes of the Solomon Islands

CIP Fish ID: 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

Overlooked Fish of Turks and Caicos

TWA Fish ID: REEF Trips Program Manager Amy Lee will cover some species commonly reported by expert level REEF surveyors, but often missed by novices, with a special focus on fish of the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Monday, April 10th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Amy Lee
Webinar ID: 302-149-075

Caribbean Cleaner and Sponge Gobies

TWA Fish ID: 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

TEP Fish ID: 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

TEP Fish ID: 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

TEP Fish ID: 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

HAW Fish ID: 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 janna@REEF.org 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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