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

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

Fishes of Roatan

TWA Fish ID: Join Scott and Patti Chandler as they cover some tips and tricks for identifying some of the common fish in Roatan.  

Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Scott & Patti Chandler
Webinar ID: 171-714-867   

World Oceans Day - 10 Amazing Creatures in the Ocean

Multi-region fish & critter ID: Join Amy Lee, REEF's Trips Program Manager, as we celebrate World Oceans Day with a fun Fishinar about 10 amazing creatures that we can find under the sea!  

Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Amy Lee
Webinar ID: 763-605-851

Silvery Swimmers

TWA Fish ID: Do you have trouble telling all those slippery little silver fish apart? If so, this is the Fishinar for you! Join Carlos & Allison Estape as they cover the tips and tricks for identifying similar silvery swimmers.    

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructors: Carlos & Allison Estape
Webinar ID: 561-358-803   

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

Fishes in the Muck of Indonesia

CIP Fish ID: Do you like hanging out in the muck and the mud? So do the fish that you will learn about in this Fishinar! Join REEF Board of Trustees, Underwater Photographers, and Marine Life Authors Ned and Anna DeLoach as they describe some of the bottom dwellers that you are likely to see on their upcoming REEF trip to Indonesia.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Ned & Anna DeLoach
Webinar ID: 424-603-835

Hawaiian Goatfish and Razorfish

HAW Fish ID: Aloha! Join Janna Nichols, REEF's Outreach Coordinator, to learn about some of Hawaii's unique goatfish and razorfish.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Janna Nichols
Webinar ID: 717-127-139

Caribbean Cryptics 2

Join Amy Lee, REEF's Trips Program Manager as she guides you through how to find and identify some of the Caribbean's super sneaky and elusive fish.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 8 - 9pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Instructor: Amy Lee
Webinar ID: 441-331-995

Damselfish Behavior & Identification

TWA Fish ID: Has a damselfish ever tried to start a fight with you? Join Carlos & Allison Estape for their Damselfish Behavior & Identification Fishinar. You will learn why these little fish can have such big personalities AND how to tell them apart!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017,  8-9pm Eastern Time - REGISTER
Instructor: Carlos & Allison Estape
Webinar ID: 811-420-435

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


TWA Fish ID: Curious about Cuba? REEF Staff Amy Lee and Lad Akins will tell a bit more about what's found there, both above and underwater.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017,  8-9pm Eastern time- REGISTER
Instructor: Amy Lee & Lad Akins
Webinar ID: 539-209-075


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 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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