The MFRDC in Guian, Eastern Samar came into existence through the Fisheries Administrative Order 029 series of 2001 and was first known as the National Center in Mariculture Research and Development, when the transfer of BFAR National Centers to the Interim NFRDI transpired. Today, MFRDC is managed and headed by Ms. Nonita S. Cabacaba, a Senior Aquaculturist and a research enthusiast.
MFRDC has 1.6 ha land and 25 ha water area rearing and studying grouper, milkfish, blue swimming crabs, sea cucumber, scallops and spiny lobster. It is shared with the BFAR-Guiuan Marine Fisheries Development Center (BFAR-GMFDC) particularly the Fish Health Laboratory and Environmental Monitoring Unit, Seaweed Tissue Culture, and Phycology Laboratory.
Recently, MFRDC has pioneered research and development activities on the hatchery of Portunus pelagicus as well as on its soft-shell production. Several technology verifications and optimizations have also been conducted on protocols for sea cucumber, bue crab and scallops. In addition, it has also assessed and studied the reproductive biology of Asian Moon and flat-ribbed scallops, and spiny lobsters. Results of which were published in The Philippine Journal of Fisheries (www.nfrdi.da.gov.ph/tpjf/).
In 2019, its Sea Cucumber Project bagged the Gold Award for Fisheries Technology Application/Verification during the 31st National Research Symposium of DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research. The blue swimming crab, Asian Moon scallop and flat-ribbed scallop projects also attained the finalist’s spot.
Currently, MFRDC in collaboration with BFAR and SEAFDEC, is working on several projects including the Aquafeed Development for Milkfish, Resource Assessment and Technology Verification on Hatchery and Nursery Rearing of Mangrove Crab, and Technology Promotion on Milkfish Fingerling Production in Ponds and Cages.