College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS)



As the leading institution in fisheries research in the country, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) embodies its role to generate scientific knowledge and provide better solutions to the needs of the populace. Through its 4 Institutes, the College executes research initiatives on the following major research themes: sustainable fisheries and oceans, sustainable aquaculture, sustainable utilization of aquatic resources, and resilience for marine and coastal well-being and sustainability in archipelagic and transboundary contexts.

The College does not only encourage the creation of knowledge through implementing relevant research projects and activities but also, initiates the promotion and application of its research outputs. Numerous local and international scientific articles from the various research projects have been published through the years. IPRs have also been applied and registered to advocate the use of these research outputs. Relevant measures to continuously improve and strengthen the conduct of research activities in the College are now in place to uplift the fisheries profession and industry, and better serve the country.


UPV-CFOS conducts training on green mussel hatchery production anew
The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas (UPV-CFOS) trained a new set of participants on hatchery production of green mussel (Perna viridis) spats on May 29 to June 2, 2023. Eleven (11) trainees actively participated in the intensive five-day...
UPV-CFOS hosts work immersion of SHS students from Pontevedra, Capiz anew
The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas (UPV-CFOS) is currently hosting the work immersion of the Grade 12 senior high school (SHS) learners from Pontevedra National High School (PNHS), Province of Capiz. A total of 67 Grade 12 students...
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UPV, San Joaquin School of Fisheries renew MOA on work immersion partnership
UP Visayas (UPV) and San Joaquin School of Fisheries (SJSOF), a public high school in San Joaquin, Iloilo, have renewed their engagement through the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on work immersion of senior high school learners. UPV Chancellor...
Negrense taps CFOS-IA expertise in crab and oyter culture
Negrense taps CFOS-IA’s expertise in crab and oyster culture
Oyster growers from Negros Occidental sought the expertise of aquaculture specialists from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas (UPV-CFOS) in oyster and mangrove crab culture. Experts from the Institute of Aquaculture (IA), UPV-CFOS,...
UPV’s ‘PasKOOPerasyon’ brings joy to 148 ‘Paeng’ affected families in Miagao
UP Visayas (UPV) put a smile on the faces of calamity-affected families from the coastal barangays of the Municipality of Miagao during the launching of “PasKOOPerasyon,” a collaborative Christmas gift-giving program, held last December 17, 2022 at the...
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CHED – NAFES Project: “Technology Transfer of Improved Dried Products from Low-Value Fish Species” by Dr. Sharon Nuñal
The Institute of Fish Processing Technology (IFPT) of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), as the leadinstitution, implemented the project, “Technology Transfer of Improved Dried Products from Low Value Fish Species” in collaboration with...
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Technology Transfer of Fisheries Post-Harvest Technologies to Fisherfolks in Antique by Dr. Sharon Nuñal/ Prof. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap
As part of IFPT’s extension activities, the Institute implemented the public service project “Technology Transfer of Fisheries Post-Harvest Technologies to Fisherfolks in Antique” from November 2019 to January 2020 through the UP Extension in Antique...
Sarda: The Pandemic Fish Cooking Wonder - Dr. Sharon Nuñal/ Ms. Byrille Tiara Galon/ Mr. Raymund Parcon/Ms. Karie Mae Tolones
An animated video series about a female heroine and her quest on defeating COVID-19 using different post-harvest technologies.
Training on Sediment Quality - Dr. Shiela Mae Santander-De Leon
Sediment quality is one of the health indicators that is heavily affected by pollution brought by anthropogenic causes in forms of marine trash and coastal aquaculture. It is very important to monitor the health of these habitats, to come up with effective...
Istorya Lawod: Stories of our Oceans - IMFO
Stories that people hold can be as vast as the ocean. Like the waves, it may bring various emotions – joy, sadness, excitement, curiosity, and more. Istorya Lawod is a form of information education, wherein the bimonthly webinar series hosts marine scientists,...


Institute of Aquaculture

  • Nucleic Acid Training Training-Workshop
  • Aquaculture Summer Institute (Aquasi 2021)
  • Training on the Application of Molecular Techniques on Fish Larval Biodiversity in Inland Aquatic Ecosystems for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)
  • Broodstock Management-Oversea Hatchery, Minglanilla Cebu
  • Training on Milkfish Hatchery Culture Techniques BFAR-LGU MULTI PURPOSE HATCHERY, Surigao del Sur
  • Training on Broodstock Management and Larval Rearing of the Milkfish Hatchery Beneficiaries at Oversea Multi-Species Hatchery
  • Training on the Culture of Natural Food for Milkfish Broodstock Rearing at Oversea Multi-Species Hatchery
  • Training on Milkfish Broodstock and Larval Rearing at Oversea Multi-Species Hatchery
  • Training on the Broodstock Management Milkfish at Oversea Multi-Species Hatchery

Institute of Fish Processing Technology

  • Establishment of HACCP-compliant fish processing plant and cold storage facilities (For January-provided advice/guidance on the technical aspects of bangus and shrimp processing)
  • Microbiological examination of food-borne microorganisms of public health significance in fish and fishery products
  • Low temperature handling and preservation technologies for flying fish (Family Exocoedae)
  • Marination and smoking  technologies for flying fish (Family Exocoedae)
  • Development of training manual on product development of seaweed-based food products
  • Technology transfer of Fisheries Post Harvest Technologies to fisherfolks in Antique Province
  • Summer Internship Program for National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) graduate students (lab-based researches on oyster, mussel, production of bottled milkfish, etc.,  field sampling and observation of oyster farming in Capiz and  field trips in Iloilo city and Cebu city)
  • Paper and Training module/manual developer on a Training on Mussel Depuration: Business Enterprise Opportunity in the Community

Institute Of Marine Fisheries And Oceanology

  • Science Immersion Program for youths
  • IMFO Info Drive
  • ISDA Talk (Annual Seminar), in partnership with UPIS, to disseminate relevant information and inspire interaction with the audience that are from different sectors
  • Lecture series on Philippine Planktology
  • Seaweed identification consultancy
  • Resource persons for television programs for marine fisheries and oceanology topics
  • Istorya Lawod: Stories of our Oceans (Webinar Series):
    – Microplastics and Discarded Fishing Nets
    – Discussions on Fisheries Management Areas
    – Impact of Fisheries Management (MPAs)
    – To the Space and the Submarine: Philippine Fisheries and Oceanography
    – Mariculture Environments: Challenges and Solutions
    – Talks on Marine Productivity
    – The changing paradigm for biological inheritance and evolution: The role of Transgenerational Epigenetics
    – The mechanisms of transgenerational epigenetics: Recent advances and current questions
    – Leveraging the new paradigm of biological inheritance for the future: Implications for health, sustainability, and resiliency
    – Beauty in Diversity: A Look into Philippine Marine Fish Biodiversity

Institute of Fish Processing Technology

Training Programs, Dialogues, and Webinars

  • Transdisciplinary Policy Dialogue Series on Coastal and Ocean Governance
  • IFPDS Webinar on The Role of NGOs in Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM)
  • Roundtable Discussion on the “Perspective on the Use of Municipal Waters: Insights on HB 7853”
  • Training-Workshop on Mainstreaming Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Action in Development Planning
  • Training-Workshop on the Use and Application of the Bycatch Risk Assessment (ByRA) Toolkit (part of research project on
  • Visayan Sea Blue Swimming Crab By-Catch Risk Assessment Project)
  • Science Policy Practice Nexus: An Orientation on the Use of Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Bridge the Gap between
  • Academic and Scientific Core Business and Policy Development and Reform
  • Conduct Focus Group Discussion Validation workshop
  • Planning seminar and capacity building workshop to review and evaluate the status of the council
  • Training-workshop on Transdisciplinarity in Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability
  • Training-workshop on Utilizing Research Output for Policy Formulation

Information Services

  • Ang Bantalaan- Ang Bantalaan is a bi-annual newsletter published by the Institute which aims to update, inform, and increase awareness of the fisherfolk and fisheries personal of the local government units on relevant fisheries information such as fisheries laws, research results, current fisheries issues and concerns, etc.


Fisheries Information Material

  • The fisheries information materials are produced by the Institute to disseminate information about national fisheries laws and its implementing rules and regulations written and translated into local dialect.


Community Outreach Services

  • Lakbay Turo
  • Educating young minds about the value of coastal resources since 2011.
  • 15 schools in Southern Iloilo have joined and participated by more than 800 elementary and high school students to raise awareness and appreciation on the importance of protecting the environment.

Technical Assistance and Advisory Services

  • Southern Iloilo Coastal Resource Management Council (SICRMC)
  • Providing technical assistance and advisory services as secretariat to the Southern Iloilo Coastal Resource Management Council (SICRMC) since 2002.
  • The SICRMC includes five municipalities: Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao, and San Joaquin bordering the Northern Panay Gulf. The MPA initiatives are strongly supported by the IFPDS



UPV-CFOS conducts training on green mussel hatchery production anew
The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas (UPV-CFOS) trained a new set of participants...
CFOS trains WV fisheries stakeholders on seafood by-products and waste utilization for economic gain, waste reduction
A team of researchers from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS),  UP Visayas trained and...
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San Joaquin farmers get livelihood support under CFOS-IA’s “ABANTE” program
Another farmer from one of the upland barangays in San Joaquin, a coastal town in southern Iloilo, was...
UPV-CFOS seaweed team to provide assistance to Iloilo seaweed farmers
Prof. Encarnacion Emilia S. Yap, dean of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas (UPV-CFOS),...
CFOS-IA imparts aquaculture knowledge to Leganes SHS teachers anew
The Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS-IA) shared knowledge on basics...
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CFOS-IFPT trains Iloilo island fisherfolks on value addition and good manufacturing practices for scallops
Team Scallops of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences...