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BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Philippines

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Program Overview

Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BS-FAR) is a four-year degree program designed to teach the concepts of fisheries management, environmental management and multi-sectoral approach to coastal management. It educates students on the proper methods to enhance the production of fisheries resources. The BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources students provides students with a strong scientific background on inland fisheries, marine fisheries and fish processing. It includes topics in natural resources management, interactions of the physics, chemistry, and biology of aquatic ecosystems, and online mapping applications.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. They will learn relevant topics that will be useful in their college life. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Project Development and Management
  • Fisheries Entrepreneurship
  • Fisheries Extension
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Aquatic Resources
  • Fisheries Management
  • Oceanography
  • Capturing Fisheries

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS)
and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources are expected to be able to:

  • Handle fishponds, hatchery, fish cage/pens operations
  • Produce aquatic plants and animals cost-effectively
  • Detect any diseases found in fishes fish diseases
  • Successfully operate aquaculture production systems

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in the fisheries industry whether in public or private agencies.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Registered Fisheries Technologist in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources needs to pass the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Fisheries Technology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources may pursue a career path in public or private agencies part of the fisheries industry. They may apply as a fish technician, aquaculture technicians, fish farm manager, aquaculturist, fisheries officer, fish processing supervisor, or a fisheries instructor.

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Reviews of BS in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources graduates:

D. A.
◈ Studied BS in Fisheries
◈ At Pangasinan State University - Binmaley Campus
◈ Graduated 2016

list bulletWhy did I choose Fisheries & Aquatic Resources: Because of the scholarship that I qualified. I had not choice but to enroll BS Fisheries then. Besides, BS Fisheries was the most in demand for the country so I chose this course.

list bulletAbout my college education: The BS Fisheries course is practical and we were taught different ways and technologies to rear and produce fishery to sustain our fish demand in the market. We were learned to breed different progenies of fishes and shrimp to come out to a better breed.

But first you have to undergo the basic core sciences like Biology, Botany, Zoology before you can carry Fishery subjects.

The most challenging part of my college years is when I did dissected weird species like frogs because I am sensitive but later I learn to tolerate that was in my Bio class.

I find the culturing of fish in ponds, fish-processing, mangrove species identifying, was very useful and also my organic chemistry were we make wines.

Almost all my subjects were very easy because my profs are kind but sometimes the exam will become enumeration and I will have difficult in answering.

Also I manage to finished my very hard thesis were I went places to survey and count species but thanks to our handsome prof. Btw I almost graduate with flying colors but because of my 3 subjects (2 Minors and 1 Major) I am disqualified even so I am "With-distinction".

And after all my 4 years studying I can say that you need a lot of patience in this school it don't matter if your the smart but being industrious and persisting will put you on top of the game. And also character is still the best because if you have good attitude you will success! You have to be friendly with your teachers as well because they are the mentors and you follow them because they known a lot experiences and knowledge. The most important be humble...

list bulletMy current job: I was already a Fisheries Technician from BFAR Nueva Ecija. I assisted on counting and identify plankton from physiology lab. I also manage to tend fishes particularly the freshwater ones.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes! Very useful and I am already using it in my work and one day I wish I was managing a large fish farm house to contribute well to my beloved town Binmaley. I want to produce hybrid bangus, tilapia, and my most favorite vannamei shrimps which is very lucrative.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 4 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Fisheries & Aquatic Resources: Yes! I highly recommend the BS Fisheries because you already have that clear future in this career. And this course is very in demand.

Expect for a rewarding salary because it depends on you may earned 20k-30k for starting according to my profs. Mind was only 20k because I was new in work. But if you become a veteran you earned more than 50k up to half a million. Sounds good right?

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: COME AND JOIN! Become a Fisheries Technologist because their is bright future in this career. This may not be popular but this course is very in-demand. We need a lot of Aquatic Scientists out their and be part of this working team in aimed for economic progress. We needed more food supply on this Earth so we need Specialists to grow and tend us for something to eat, so if you want to be useful in the country then be a BS Fisheries. ORAYT!
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