Marine Fisheries Research Department



The Marine Fisheries Research Department (MFRD) was established in 1969.1 It was located at the Changi Fisheries Complex at Changi Point before it moved to its current premises in the Lim Chu Kang Agri-Bio Park in 1999.2

The MFRD’s main objective is to maximise the utilisation of fish for consumption and to reduce wastage of fish resources in the Southeast Asian region, through the improvement of fisheries post-harvest and processing technologies.3 From studies of fish resource surveying, pelagic fishing resources and coastal fishery management, MFRD has progressed to the research of the processing, handling, preservation and quality assessment of fish and fish products. The centre also disseminates these technologies to the region through training courses, seminars and workshops.4

The MFRD has worked successfully with the seafood processing industry to foster the latter’s upgrading. In 1988, it played a key role in assisting the set-up of the Seafood Industries Association, Singapore (SIAS). The association represents seafood processing, manufacturing and trading companies in Singapore.5 SIAS and MFRD work closely with other government agencies, such as the Economic Development Board, to advance the industry.6 Some of the ongoing programmes implemented by MFRD are the Traceability Systems for Aquaculture Products in the ASEAN Region (2014), and the Cold Chain Management for Seafood (2015–17).7 

Selected publications
2002:
Southeast Asian Fish Products.8

2003: Fermented Fish Sauce in Southeast Asia.9
2005: Maximising Utilisation of Fish Catch – Freshwater Species.10
2008: Compilation of Key Regional Laboratories Validated Methods in Southeast Asia.11



Author
Ronnie Tan




References
1.
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). (2017). About MFRD. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from SEAFDEC website: www.seafdec.org/mfrd/
2.
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). (2017). Contact us. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from SEAFDEC website: www.seafdec.org/contact/; Fish lab for Singapore. (1950, July 21). The Straits Times, p. 8; Singapore takes steps to boost production of fish. (1970, October 8). Singapore Herald, p. 3; Chan, K. M. (2000, March 8). 40 years and going strong. The Straits Times, p. 14. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3.
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). (2017). Functions & activities. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from SEAFDEC website: www.seafdec.org/mfrd/
4
. Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA). (2016). AVA’s centres. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from AVA website: http://www.ava.gov.sg/about-ava/avas-centres; Research centre focus on fishery control, resources. (1977, March 30). The Straits Times, p. 10. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5.
Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA). (2016). AVA’s centres. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from AVA website: http://www.ava.gov.sg/about-ava/avas-centres; Seafood Industries Association Singapore (SIAS). (2016). SIAS objectives. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from SIAS website: http://www.seafoodsingapore.org/aboutus/siasobjectives
6.
Seafood Industries Association Singapore (SIAS). (2016). SIAS objectives. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from SIAS website: http://www.seafoodsingapore.org/aboutus/siasobjectives
7.
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). (2017). Functions & activities. Retrieved 2017, March 17 from SEAFDEC website: www.seafdec.org/mfrd/
8.
Kok, T. N., et al. (2003). Southeast Asian fish products (4th Ed.). Singapore: Marine Fisheries Research Dept. (Call no.: RSING q664.940959 SOU)
9.
Kok, T. N., et al. (2003). Fermented fish sauce in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Marine Fisheries Research Dept. (Call no.: RSING q664.940959 KOK)
10.
Goh, H. K., & Yeap, S. E. (2005). Maximizing utilization of fish catch – freshwater species. Singapore: Marine Fisheries Research Department. Available via PublicationSG.
11.
Tan, L. H., et al. (2008). Compilation of key regional laboratories validated methods in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Marine Fisheries Research Dept, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center. (Call no.: RSING 639.2072059 COM)



Further resources
Major breakthrough in breeding favourite seafood. (1978, June 25). The Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.


Retaining the freshness of frozen fish. (1982, February 5). The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.

Tan, S. B. R. (2000). Information resource management on fisheries: A case study of collection management in the Marine Fisheries Research Department Library. Singapore: Nanyang Technological University, School of Computer Engineering.
(Call no.: RSING q025.27 TAN-[LIB])

Yeap, S. E., et al. (2001). Fish processing industry in Singapore. Singapore: Agrotechnology Division, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.
(Call no.: RSING q338.4766494 SIN)



The information in this article is valid as at 2002 and correct as far as we can ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

Subject
Politics and Government
Marine resources--Government policy
Fisheries--Singapore
Business, finance and industry>>Business organization>>Business enterprises
Wildlife
Science and technology>>Zoology>>Fish
Fishery processing--Singapore
Nature>>Animals