A governing board oversees the management of NFRDI. It is chaired by the Undersecretary for Fisheries and vice-chaired by the BFAR Director.

The board is composed of seven members, namely:

  • NFRDI Executive Director;
  • PCAARRD Executive Director;
  • A representative from the academe; and
  • Four representatives from the private sector, specifically from municipal fisherfolk, commercial fishing operator, aquaculture operator, and postharvest/processor.