The Law that created us specified that researches by the institute are expected to result in the following:
- to raise the income of the fisherfolk and elevate the Philippines among the top five (5) in the world ranking in fish production;
- to make the country’s fishing industry in the high seas competitive;
- to conduct social research on fisherfolk families for a better understanding of their conditions and needs; and,
- to coordinate with the fisheries schools, LGUs and private sectors regarding the maximum utilization of available technology, including the transfer of such technology to the industry, particularly the fisherfolk.