The Freshwater Fisheries Center as one of the first NICER Programs in the Philippines under the Science for Change (S4C) Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) being monitored by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and National Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD). 

FFC is committed to generate research outputs and innovations that shall be adopted and commercialized to significantly contribute in the development of a sustainable freshwater fisheries industry in the country and in the ASEAN Region. Its vision is to be a leading Freshwater Fisheries R&D Center in the Country and the ASEAN Region. 

FFC was awarded with Plaque of Recognition during the 39th Founding Anniversary of Isabela State University, Gawad Pagkilala given by the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) during the 58th Fish Conservation Week, Certificate of Recognition during the 41st Founding Anniversary as the Multi Awarded R&D Academic Institution, Plaque of Appreciation during the virtual evaluation for PCAARRD’s 2020 Ugnay Award, Plaque of Appreciation during the Packaging of Proposals on Eel and Tilapia Research, and garnered the 1st and 3rd Place in the Best Paper for Technical Research Category on October 2021. 

Completed Researchers conducted by the FFC includes the Utilization of Plant-Based Antioxidants for Farmed Tilapia, Conservation and Artificial Spawning of “Ludong” Lobed-River Mullet Cestraeus plicatilis, Utilization of Aquatic Plants as Immunostimulants for Freshwater Eel Culture, Amaranthus spinosus Leaf Meal as Potential Protein Source for Nile Tilapia, Survey of Antimicrobial Use (AMU) in Milksfish Aquaculture in the Philippines, and Preliminary Data Assessment on Status of Freshwater Fisheries in the Philippines.

At present, FFC entered into collaboration with various institutes and organizations such as USC and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research Development (PCAARRD), University of San Carlos, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Region 2 (BFAR-R02), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA).


A world class center of excellence on freshwater aquaculture for research, development and demonstration by spanning Interdisciplinary Research Programmes (IRP’s) in Aquaculture.


Serve as catalyst for development and social change to improve the quality of living of stakeholders and other users by promoting and pursuing research, training and advocacy.


To be a leading research institute for innovative freshwater aquaculture technology.

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  1. Survey of Antimicrobial Use (AMU) in Milkfish
  2. Fish Kill Mitigation Measures for Cage Aquaculture Systems in Buhi Lake and Magat Reservoir
  3. Rearing Performance of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Fed Diet  With Different Levels of Raw and Fermented Azolla (Azolla filiculoides), Duckweed (Lemna minor) or Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica)
  4. Dietary Effect of Various Antioxidants on Growth, Survival, Antioxidant Capacity, Immune Response of Pacific White Shrimp (Litopeneaus vannamei) following hypoxia stress. Piscicidal effects of Castor Bean Ricinus communis fruit extracts against Asian swamp eel Monopterus albus
  5. Productivity and water quality of Nile tilapia Oreochromis sp. / Freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii – Lettuce Lactuca sativa raft-aquaponic system of varying fish sizes
Project Title Total Budget Current Budget
1. Conservation and artificial spawning of “Ludong” Lobed River Mullet Cestreaus plicatilis  10,345,195.00 6,791,528.80
2. Utilization of Aquatic Plants as Immunostimulant for Fresh Water Eel Culture 7,654,805.00 1,583,212.80