Fish Watch

Our “Fish Watch” monitoring program uses a roving survey method developed by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) that can be conducted with minimal
training and basic snorkel gear. Reef Watch Waikīkī began training volunteers in the REEF Survey Method in late February of 2010.

Twice a month, we offer a REEF Fish Identification Class and REEF Snorkel Survey. The class includes basic coral reef ecology and fish biology, followed by identification tips and common characteristics of different fish families found in Hawai’i.  Snorkel surveys are open to past participants of our REEF Fish ID classes.  Anyone wishing to participate should be a strong swimmer, competent snorkeler, and have his/her own mask, snorkel and fins.  Each snorkel survey will last approximately 30-40 minutes and involve identifying, counting and recording fish observed in the Waikīkī Marine Life Conservation District.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  1. Attend a REEF Fish Identification class
  2. Complete a REEF survey and become a REEF member for free
  3. Submit data online at reef.org
  4. Attend Advanced Fish ID classes and take quizzes
Surveyor Level
# of Surveys
Quiz Type
Quiz Score
1: New REEF member
1
2: Beginner
2
Most Common
80%
3: Advanced
25
Common
80%
4: Expert
35
Advanced
90%
5: Expert
50
100 Advanced
95%

HOW TO COMPLETE A SURVEY

UPCOMING EVENTS

For a listing of our 2012 REEF classes and snorkel surveys, click here.

Please check our Facebook page for detailed information about upcoming events.

If you wish to attend any of the classes or snorkel surveys, please RSVP via email or call (808)691-9327

TRAINING MATERIALS

Intro to Fishes Slideshow

Hawaiian Fish Families Slideshow

Swimming Deeper into Fish Families - PART ONE (Angelfish to Filefish)

Swimming Deeper into Fish Families - PART TWO (Flagtails to Trumpetfish)

USEFUL LINKS

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5 Responses to “Fish Watch”

  1. I took three more quizzes today: juvenile wrasses (100%), unicornfishes (no score given) and parrotfish (90%). Thanks, I’m learning a lot!

  2. I took the goatfish (100%), damselfish (100%) and butterflyfish (90%) quizzes. I believe that the first butterflyfish is incorrectly identified as an oval butterflyfish, but in reality is an ornate butterflyfish. Thanks again for providing these opportunities for us to test our skills!

  3. I took the goatfish (100%), damselfish (100%) and butterflyfish (90%) quizzes. I believe that the first butterflyfish is incorrectly identified as an oval butterflyfish, but in reality is an ornate butterflyfish. Thanks again for providing these opportunities for us to test our skills!
    +1

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