The College of Fisheries (CF) is located in the northeastern portion of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in Munoz, Nueva Ecija. The college is about 1.5 km away from the main campus and 150 km north of Manila. The college was established in 1976 to fill the need for trained human resources vital to the development of the country’s inland fisheries sector. It offered a work-oriented curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Inland Fisheries which was considered the only one of its kind in the country then.

The College constitutes one of two fisheries units in the University, the other being the Freshwater Aquaculture Center(FAC). Working hand in hand, these two units implement the university’s programs and activities in fisheries and aquaculture such as instruction, research training, extension and production. At present, the two units are sharing technical staff and facilities. The faculty devote their time to academic duties in the College and the Department of Aquaculture, Institute of Graduate Studies and research at the Center.

With about three decades of existence, the College was able to set two unprecedented records in the history of CLSU for being the first college to have two Ten Outstanding Young Man (TOYM) awardees as faculty members and the first college to produce the first Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University. In 2006, it ranked number one among the topnotchers in the Fisheries Technologist Board exam in the country.

The College is one of the top performing Fisheries institutions in the country based from the performance of its graduates in the Fisheries Technologist Board Exam administered by the Professional Regulation Commission f the Philippines.

In June 1987, the college offered a new curriculum, the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries with major field in inland fisheries and minor field in marine fisheries. The college is the only one in Central Luzon (Region III) that offers a BS Fisheries curriculum. On May 19, 2006, a revised BSF curriculum was approved under BOR Resolution 29-2006. The revised BSF curriculum addresses the minimum standards and requirements set by the CHED-Technical Panel in Agricultural Education in Fisheries (TPAE) [CMO 43, S., 2006], the areas of concern of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Fisheries Technologist Board Examination, and most importantly the needs of the fisheries and aquaculture industry in the country.

The college is in partnership with the Freshwater Aquaculture Center (FAC). Working hand in hand, these two units implement the university’s programs and activities in fisheries and aquaculture instruction, research, extension and production. The synergy of CF and FAC has primarily contributed to the catapult of tilapia industry in the country. In addition, CF-FAC linkage aims to contribute significantly to livelihood enhancement and attainment of improved production and management of the country’s inland fisheries resources. The CF-FAC conducts basic and applied research, both on-station and on-farm leading to scientific breakthroughs and generation of scientific data and information which are geared towards the development of technologies appropriate for increasing fish production, employment generation and livelihood enhancement. The scope of researches includes fish genetics and biodiversity, fish molecular markers such as microsatellite DNA, otolith microchemistry, culture systems, fish nutrition and feed development, fish immunology and health, water quality and ecosystem management, and socio-economics. Recently, research proposals on fisheries biotechnology such as molecular marker particularly single nucleotide polymorphism in tilapia and Pacific white shrimp, IGF-I as parameter for growth in tilapia, and serotyping of tilapia bacterial pathogens for vaccine development have been approved by the DOST. The newly established Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Laboratory of CF-FAC is equipped to carry out researches on molecular disciplines.

In 2001, the college was recognized as Center of Excellence in Fisheries by the Commission on Higher Education. This recognition is attributed to the sterling performance of the college as one of the top two fisheries institutions in the country. In fact, due to research works of CF-FAC on sustainable aquaculture program CLSU has been awarded as the Best Higher Education Institution in the country in 2008 by CHED.