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

Those Darn Damsels - REBOOT!

Caribbean REEF Fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on how to ID every Fish Geek's worst problem - Damselfish.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 8pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 109-448-075

Invertebrates and Algae of REEF's California Survey Project

California invertebrate ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on how to identify the invertebrates you will be surveying when diving the California coast.

Sponges, Cnidarians and Worms - Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 7pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 128-296-667

Mollusks - Thursday, September 10th, 2015 7pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 158-229-675

Arthropods and Echinoderms - Monday, September 14th, 2015 7pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 139-670-875

Bryozoans, Tunicates and Algae - Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 7pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 144-574-619

The Nightstalkers! Eels of the Caribbean

Tropical Western Atlantic fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on identifying those hunters of the night, those nocturnal nightstalkers: eels.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 8pm Eastern time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 125-735-811

Islands in the Stream: Fish of the California Channel Islands

California fish ID: Learn tips from REEF Expert and fish geek, Jonathan Lavan, on how to identify the fish you will see when diving in  California's Channel Islands.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 7pm Pacific time - REGISTER
Webinar ID: 130-837-347

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

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.
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