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)

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

Everybody's favorite goofballs - their habits and behavior. (No, we're talking about the blennies, not the instructor!)

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.

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

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.

Instructor: Milton Love
Monday, Nov 10th 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.

Lionfish Myth Busters!

You've probably heard a few of myths about the Lionfish invasion and how to deal with it. Well, Liz Underwood, REEF's Lionfish Program Manager is here to dispel some of those myths, and steer you in the right direction so you can know and share correct information with others.

Instructor: Liz Underwood
Wednesday, Dec 3rd 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.

Coming Soon (but not yet scheduled):

  • Northeast US and Eastern Canada Invertebrate ID

Learn how to identify all the invertebrates that are now monitored as part of REEF's NE US & Canada volunteer survey project! From sponges to stingers, to crabs and stars, you'll learn all 60 invertebrates over the course of two sessions. Get yourself a waterproof ID card ahead of time and follow along. Click here to find out more about the ID card.

Instructors: Ted Maney and Janna Nichols

  • Jack Attack! Top 12 Jacks of the Caribbean

  • Snap On, Snap Off, The Snapper! - Top 12 Snappers in the Caribbean

  • I've Got You, Babe - Common juvenile fish you'll see on the reef

  • I Love the Night Life - Fish you're likely to see on a night dive

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
  • Ray Troll: A Few Mind-Blowing Fish That Every Ichthyo-Geek Should Know About 
  • HAW: Wrascally Wrasses
  • Coralinar!
  • TWA: Digging Deeper into Caribbean Fish ID Part 1
  • NE and PNW: East vs. West - Lookalike fish
  • TWA: Digging Deeper into Caribbean Fish ID Part 2
  • PNW: Port Hardy's Greatest Hits (fish and invertebrate ID)
  • TWA: Playing in the Sandbox: Fish You'll See in the Sand - Click here to view
  • SHARKINAR! Click here to view

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