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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:

K. D.
◈ Studied BS Fisheries
◈ At Mindanao State University - Gensan
◈ Graduated 2016

list bulletWhy did I choose Fisheries & Aquatic Resources: At first, fisheries is not my first choice, but because I needed to enter MSU, I pursue this course even it's not my first choice.

list bulletMy current job: Auditor for Aquaculture & fishery-base commodities

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Before graduation, I got my first job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Fisheries & Aquatic Resources: BS Fisheries is not having a good track, in terms of societal perspective. Society sees fisheries as cheap and no future course. But they don't know, your success depends on you. It depends on how you handle yourself in real world, it depends how you face you interviewer during your job interview, and it does not depend on your course.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Fisheries was not my first choice course. I underestimated this course, because I thought, I have no future in this course, but I was totally wrong. This course have given me a lot of opportunities. I was able to traveled in most places in the Philippines and had international travels because of this course. Today, I realized and then learnt that your future does not always depends on the course you are taking. Its on how will handle your self in the cruel real world.
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