College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS)



The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) of the University of the Philippines Visayas is at the forefront of fisheries education in the country. Over the years, the College has instituted degree programs that address the need for sustainable development of the country’s fisheries resources and respond to the call for highly trained manpower in the field. Its curricular offerings, both in the graduate and undergraduate levels, aim to impart theoretical knowledge and practical skills, as well as to develop analytical capabilities as tools toward innovative approaches and solutions to fisheries and related problems to students.

It also actively engages in research to address issues and concerns in aquaculture, marine fisheries, fish processing, and fisheries policy. The public services offered by CFOS cater to varied clientele groups in terms of technical assistance, consultancy, technology dissemination and verification, conduct of training and workshops, and production of IEC materials.

As the flagship college of the UPV, CFOS provides quality fisheries education and produces graduates who are among the best in the discipline. Its graduates dominate consistently the top 10 passers in the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) Fisheries Technologists Licensure Examinations with the College having the highest passing rates among the different fisheries schools in the country.

The Commission on Higher Education has acknowledged the CFOS as a Center of Excellence in Fisheries Education effective January 1, 2016 and as the National University/College of Agriculture and Fisheries (NUCAF) for 2016 by the National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (NAFES).



The College is composed of four institutes namely the Institute of Aquaculture, Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, Institute of Fish Processing Technology, and Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.


Bachelor of Science in Fisheries


Master of Aquaculture


Master of Science in Fisheries (Aquaculture)


Master of Science in Fisheries (Fisheries Biology)


Master of Science in Fisheries (Fish Processing Technology)


Master of Science in Ocean Sciences


Master of Marine Affairs


Professional Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystems Management


Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries
CFOS, joining the internalization effort of the University, has enriched the Master of Science in Fisheries Program through the International Linkage with Kagoshima University (Japan), Kasetsart University (Thailand), Nha Trang University (Vietnam), Sam Ratulangi University (Indonesia), and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia). This postgraduate program in Tropical Fisheries enables students to take at least 6 credit units from any of the participating university so that they can earn additional certification.



A world-class institution in the fields of fisheries and aquatic sciences.
(Isang kinikilalang pandaigdigang institusyon sa larangan ng pangisdaan at syensyang pang-aquatiko).


  • Provide quality education in the field of fisheries and aquatic sciences.
  • Conduct cutting edge and relevant researches in the fields of fisheries and aquatic sciences.
  • Lead in the formulation and implementation of effective extension programs.
  • Advocate for policy directions in the utilization and management of fisheries and aquatic resources.

Core Values:

C – ommitment and Dedication
U – nity of purpose
E – xcellence


CFOS is an institution committed to continually improve, develop and implement programs that ensure the delivery of quality fisheries education, the conduct of responsive research and development and public service activities, and the development of competencies of its constituents.


"together we ride the waves"

Fisheries education started in the University of the Philippines, College of Liberal Arts just before the Second World War. It was considered a filed in natural science in the Department of Zoology and Only seven students graduated from this academic program. For reasons unknown, the B.S. in Fisheries Program in both the Zoology Department and College of Agriculture was phased out.

The Philippine government, recognizing the need for a well-rounded fisheries education, provided for the establishment of a school of fisheries under the management and supervision of the Division of Fisheries, Department of Agriculture and Commerce. Through the Commonwealth Act No. 1941, the amount of P333,000.00 was appropriated for the project. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the war in December 1941 suspended the project indefinitely.

During the Japanese occupation, the idea of establishing a school of Fisheries was renewed, thus prompting the National Assembly to pass Bill No. 244, which subsequently became act No. 54, authorizing the establishment of a School of Fisheries with an appropriation of P400,000.00. The Philippine School of Fisheries was thus established and housed in a two-story building at Daan-Hari, Navotas, Rizal. It was formally opened on July 1, 1944. This school, however, operated only for about two-and-a-half months because it was forced to close due to uncertain conditions of the time.

When the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines was re-established after World War II, an appropriation was made for the organization, operation, and maintenance of a school of fisheries by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 7 18 (e). On January 31, 1946, the president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines approved the release of P255,380.00 out of the P333,000.00 allotment under a special budget which made possible the opening of the Philippine School of Fisheries. The Philippine School of Fisheries was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources which was later renamed Philippine Institute of Fisheries Technology (PIFT). This was located in Bangkulasi, Navotas, Rizal from 1946 to 1949. The house owned by the Mabantas served as the administration building, and three pre-fabricated quonset houses served as lecture and laboratory rooms. The PIFT was under the supervision of the Bureau of Fisheries, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

From 1949 to 1954, the PIFT was housed together with the Bureau of Fisheries at the Corner Rizal Hal and Library Annex of the University of the Philippines at Padre Faura, Manila. From 1954 to 1956, the Institute was housed at the RFC Building No. 4 at the corner of 23rd and Boston Streets, Port Area, Manila.

The PIFT was authorized to establish regional branches to offer fisheries courses in the secondary level. By 1957, seven regional schools of fisheries in the secondary level were opened. All these schools were under the supervision and administration of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, through the Bureau of Fisheries.

In January, 1957, however, the Reorganization Commission by Virtue of the Reorganization Act (Republic Act No. 977) and on approval of President Ramon Magsaysay, effected the transfer of the PIFT to the University of the Philippines and seven regional branch schools to the Bureau of Public Schools. Thus, the PIFT became an academic degree-granting unit of the University of the Philippines.



UPV Museum

College Secretary

Office of the Dean


The past several years have been a roller coaster ride for most of us. Pre- pandemic, we, at the UPV College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences had been relentlessly and continually working hard, not just for ourselves, but for the college, the university, and the entire Philippine fisheries industry. Amidst the world full of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (or the VUCA-world), things became even more challenging as we faced the present pandemic. From the formulation of appropriate guidelines, preparation of numerous course packs, authoring contents of courses intended for a remote set-up of (teaching and) learning and redesigning them again for limited face-to-face set-up, retrofitting our classrooms and laboratories, guiding our students so as to lessen the impact of the present challenges, and looking after the welfare of each and everyone of us in the college and even extending our assistance to those in the coastal communities, – some of these are new to most of us, but we survived and we are still surviving…

But one thing is for sure, we are working together and as one of your academic leaders, it has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with a dynamic group of individuals – our faculty members, administrative staff, research and extension personnel, alumni, and most especially, our students.

There would still be challenges for us to face, and it is but appropriate for us to be more transparent, in reporting what is going on, what do we plan to do, what we can offer, how can we provide assistance, and in a nutshell, how can we be of service to the Filipino people. And this webpage is a concrete manifestation of our efforts to get connected and become more visible.

May we all continue our mission and strive to offer more, for our college, our university, and the Philippine fisheries industry. Let us all SERVE THE PEOPLE, with honor and excellence!


We’re ready to help you! Our friendly staffs are available to speak to you one-on-one about your queries, study options, and support services.

Contact us through the details provided below.

Office of the Dean

Villadolid Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo
Telefax: 315 8143
Trunk Line: 315 9631 / 315 9632 local 201 / 203 / 204


Villadolid Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo
Telephone: 315 8090
Trunk Line: 315 9631 / 315 9632 local 156 / 157


Villadolid Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo
Telephone: 338 0766
Trunk Line: 315 9631 / 315 9632 local 155

Office of the College Secretary

Villadolid Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo
Trunk Line: 315 9631 / 315 9632 local 206


Villadolid Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo
Trunk Line: 315 9631 / 315 9632 local 165


Villadolid Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo
Telephone: 315 8381
Trunk Line: 315 9631 / 315 9632 local 163

UPV Museum

Library and Museum Building, UP Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo
Trunk Line: 315 9631 / 315 9632 local 183