Dr. Paloma De La Cruz De Chavez
The Bachelor of Science in Fisheries has been offered previously in MSC Torrijos Branch under the School of Agriculture in a ladderized system. By virtue of Republic Act 7319 approved in March 30, 1992, the offering of the BS Fisheries was then transferred to Barangay Banuyo, Gasan. It was in the year 2000 when the ladderized system was abolished and the program was offered as a full Bachelor’s program under CMO #43 series of 1996. For several years, a limited number of students were enrolled in the program with only about 40 students from first to fourth year levels. In 2014, enrolment started to increase and continues to grow, reaching to almost 200 enrollees. Currently, the program is accredited Level II by AACCUP and has about six (6) faculty members and eight (8) staff. Presently, the School has a number of existing facilities for both laboratory, research, extension and production processes: a) Freshwater Fish Hatchery; b) Aquarium Fish Production; c) Multi-species Marine Hatchery; d) Fish Processing Center. Likewise, a number of research collaborations of the Faculty Members with other SUCs and national agencies are being implemented in relation to marine biodiversity assessment and hatchery operations of potential aquaculture species.