National Fisheries Research and Development Institute

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National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI)

It is the primary research arm of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of the Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA). The Institute was created by virtue of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 (Republic Act 8550), the Chapter V of which states that it is created "in recognition of the important role of fisheries research in the development, management, conservation and protection of the country's fisheries and aquatic resources". It also shall form part of the National Research and Development Network of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It currently operates in interim mode until the final staffing pattern has been approved by the DA and the Department of Budget and Management.


A prime institution for ensuring a sustainable Philippine fisheries through continuing research and development excellence.


Generate scientific information and knowledge as basis for sustainable fisheries management and policy formulation; Develop and improve fisheries technologies responsive to the needs of the industry and fisherfolk.


To raise the income of the fisherfolk and to elevate the Philippines among the top five (5) in the world ranking in the fish productions:

2. To make the country’s fishing industry in the high seas competitive

3. To conduct social research on fisherfolk families for a better understanding of their conditions and needs; and

4. To coordinate with the fisheries schools, LGUs and private sectors regarding the maximum utilization of available technology, including the transfer of such technology to the industry particularly the fisherfolk


a.) establish a national infrastructure unit complete with technologically-advanced features and modern scientific equipment, which shall facilitate, monitor, and implement various research needs and activities of the fisheries sector;
b.) provide a venue for intensive training and development of human resources in the field of fisheries, a repository of all fisheries researches and scientific information;
c.) provide intensive training and development of human resources in the field of fisheries for the maximum utilization of available technology;
d.) hasten the realization of the economic potential of the fisheries sector by maximizing developmental research efforts in accordance with the other requirements of the national fisheries conservation and development programs, also possibly through collaborative effort with international institutions; and
e.) formally establish, strengthen and expand the network of fisheries-researching communities through effective communication linkages nationwide.

Organizational Structure

Governing Board

  Overall governance is vested on the Governing Board, whose functions are:
a.) formulate policy guidelines for its operation;
b.) pass the plans, programs and operational budget of the Institute
c.) create committees, as it may deem necessary, for the proper and effective performance of its     functions.
   It is composed of the following (with names of the officials, as it holds):
 a.) Undersecretary for Fisheries - Chairman (USec. Jesus Emmanuel M. Paras) 
 b.) BFAR Director - Vice Chairman (Malcolm I. Sarmiento, Jr.)
 c.) NFRDI Executive Director - Member (Westly R. Rosario, D.F.T.)
 d.) Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD) Executive Director - Member (Rafael D. Guerrero III, Ph.D.)
 e.) Representative from the academe - Member(Edgardo Santos)
 f.) Four representatives from the private sector, who shall come from the following subsectors: - Members
     - Municipal Fisherfolk (Charlie Capricho)
     - Commercial Fishing Operator (Alonso Tan)
     - Aquaculture Operator (Felix R. Gonzales)
     - Post-Harvest/Processor (Mario Antoni Salazar)

As per DA Special Order No. 530, the BFAR Assistant Director for Administrative Services shall serve as the Board Secretary. (Atty. Benjamin F.S. Tabios, Jr.) 

Executive Director

  The President of the Philippines shall appoint the Executive Director upon the recommendation of the Governing Board. He shall hold a Doctorate degree in Fisheries and/or other related disciplines. 

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References: Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 (Republic Act 8550) NFRDI website: DA Special Orders