School of Marine Fisheries and Technology

Mindanao State University at Naawan


Brief History

The MSU-Institute of Fisheries Research and Development was formally organized and made a distinct of the Mindanao State University pursuant to a special order signed by then President Mauyag Tamano on December 4, 1973 placing the MSU Naawan Fisheries High School under its immediate supervision. At that time, the Institute program had the following main components: 1) Research; 2) Training and Extension; 3) Academic; 4) Conservation when Director Warlito M. Sanguila reorganized the administrative set-up of the Institute, the top level management of the institute consisted of the Director with three deputy-directors, namely: 1) Deputy-Director for Research, 2) Deputy-Director for Technology Transfer, and 3) Deputy-Director for Administration and Development. Expansion of the manpower and service coverage of the Institute demanded another reorganization in 1981. The streamlining was patterned closely to the organizational set up of PCARRD. This reorganization plan was submitted to the Board of Regents and approved under BOR resolution No. 285, S. 1981 in its 108th meeting. In May 1980-81 the School of Marine Fisheries and Technology was established. This was a tertiary level joint project of the MSU-College of Fisheries and the MSU-IFRD. The MSU Board of Regents gave its seal of approval to this venture by passing BOR Resolution No. 2190, S. 1980. The School serves as the academic arm of IFRD. SMFT students have access to the laboratory facilities of IFRD and have the institute researchers as instructors. The students of the school are therefore assured not only of a strong theoretical foundation of their tasks, but are also assured of the required expertise in the application of their career in the field of fisheries. This was the assessment of a study team composed of professors from the UP College of Fisheries at Diliman, and of representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports (MECS) when they toured the IFRD Campus in 1985 and 1986. The group recommended that IFRD be designated as the center for Marine Sciences in Mindanao. SMFT is headed by a dean and it offers courses along its specialization; Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Major in Mariculture, Diploma in Fisheries Technology major in Fish Culture Technology and Fish Processing Technology, and a graduate program in Marine Biology.

The SMFT Logo

The logo of SMFT is composed of fish, open circle, college name, year established, university name, and the waves. The fish appears to soar high depicting the commitment of the college to go far to the challenges of time. The open circle encompassing the college title pronounces that the college is persistent and open to any opportunity and innovation that would occur along the way. The four waves embraced the four fundamental aspects of fisheries: Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources and Ecology, Capture Fisheries and Post-Harvest. The year 1980 is the time when SMFT was established. The oxford blue color conjures water representing resilience, dynamism, sustainability and the continuous commitment of going beyond excellence.


An internationally recognized university in research and education in the Philippines


Produce competent professional and technical human resources for research and development, extension and entrepreneurship in fisheries.


  • To produce competent and globally-responsive professionals and skilled manpower who are committed to the core values of excellence, integrity, industry, gender sensitivity, respect to cultural diversity and environmental sustainability
  • To conduct interdisciplinary research and generate technologies in fisheries, resource and environmental sustainability, gender sensitivity and cultural diversity for food security and poverty alleviation
  • To provide training programs and transfer relevant fisheries technologies
  • To promote culture of entrepreneurship and generate resources for sustainability of programs.

Quality Goals

  • Provide holistic and high quality standard of instruction, research, extension and production;
  • Develop students’ competencies in their field of specialization;
  • Contribute to the growth and sustainable development in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Post-harvest; and
  • Establish and strengthen linkages with public and private sectors.
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