REEF's in-person programming is on hold until further notice, but there are still ways you can stay engaged in marine conservation from home.

Fish Out of Water Virtual 5K
Registration is open for the first-ever REEF Fish Out of Water Virtual 5K Race, which will take place from Sept. 28-Oct. 4. You can choose to run, walk, bike, or hike the 3.1 mile distance in one day, or break it into smaller sections throughout the week. To add to the excitement, we've chosen a special fish representative from each of our 11 Volunteer Fish Survey Project regions, and you can sign up to be part of your favorite fish's team! From the flamboyant Clown Triggerfish, to the graceful Fire Dartfish or the feisty Garibaldi, there's a fish team for everyone. You can report your race time if you'd like, and after the race each team’s results will be shared. Proceeds from the Fish Out of Water 5K will support REEF’s new "Oceans for All Fund." This fund provides ocean-focused educational opportunities for underserved communities and those with financial need; allowing REEF to further its commitment to increase inclusive programming for populations traditionally underrepresented in science, diving, and conservation. Registration is $35 per person and includes a limited-edition Fish Out of Water 5K shirt, race bib, finishers’ medal, and certificate of completion. Registration is open through October 4, the last day of the race. Participants who register after August 14 may receive their materials after the event. For more information or to register, visit

Fishinars are free webinars for anyone who wants to learn more about marine life. They are great for both experienced REEF surveyors or anyone who wants to review. These educational sessions are designed to teach you the finer points of fish identification. All Fishinars are recorded and more than 190 archived sessions are accessible for viewing at any time. There is a Fishinar for every ocean region and every level of experience. Upcoming Fishinars include:

Sand and Rubble of the Tropical Pacific
Taught by Amy Lee. August 12, 8:00pm EDT. Click here to register.

Fishy Hour: Fish Jeopardy Game – Tropical Western Atlantic (TWA) Fishes
Hosted by Christy and Brice Semmens. August 28, 8:00pm EDT. Click here to register.

Underwater Photography
Voting is open for the 2020 Underwater Photography Contest. Click here to vote for your favorite photo in each of the five categories. The winning photographs will be announced the week of August 10.

Social Media Updates
Follow REEF on TikTok: @REEF_org
This social media app consists of short, 10-second videos featuring our programs in a light-hearted way.

Live Lionfish Feedings on Instagram: @REEF_org
Join us on Instagram Live every Friday at 2:00pm EDT to watch our Marine Conservation Interns feed Sparkles, the resident REEF Campus lionfish.