FFRDC is a 2.5 hectare research center of the Institute situated in Butong, Taal, Batangas. Known as the Fishery Biological Station Complex (FBSC), it was formerly a demonstration farm of the Batangas Provincial Agriculture Office. It was acquired by BFAR in 1986 primarily due to its proximity to the Pansipit River and Balayan Bay, an ideal site for research on commercially important finfishes of Taal Lake and Balayan Bay.
The Center serves as the main repository of researches in Taal Lake and is involved in the conservation efforts of the lake and its resources. It also pursues efforts towards the conservation of Sardinella tawilis, the only freshwater species of the genus Sardinella in the world.
Known for its R&D on ornamental fish, FFRDC has made its niche in the research community for their pioneering research on induced breeding of the giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) locally known as maliputo.
- Technical assistance related to water quality and fish health to fisherfolk and cooperators
- Trainings on laboratory techniques to fisherfolk, cooperators and students
- Upgrade facilities and manpower for ISO 17025 accreditation
- Training support program to students
- Microbiology (aerobic plate count, E. coli, Salmonella, Vibrio, yeast and molds in water and fish)
- Water chemistry (physic-chemical analysis related to disease diagnosis, fish health problems and fish kill)
- Fish biology (gut content analysis, reproductive biology)
- Fish health (parasite and bacterial infection)
- Feed (proximate analysis, i.e. moisture, fat, protein, ash)