Marine Fisheries Research Department
Comments on article: InfopediaTalkThe Marine Fisheries Research Department (MFRD) was established in 1969. MFRD was located at the Changi Fisheries Complex at Changi Point until it moved to its current premises in the Lim Chu Kang Agri-Bio Park in October 1999. It is managed by the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), which is a member of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), under the Post-Harvest Technology Branch.
The Marine Fisheries Research Department's main objective is to maximize utilisation and reduce waste of fish resources in the Southeast Asian region through improved preservation and quality control offish and fish products. From studies on oceanography, fish resource surveying and utilization of low value fish, MFRD has progressed to research on the quality preservation of commercially important fish, development of value-added fish products and the packaging and shelf-life studies of fish products. The Department now serves as a regional training centre for ASEAN and SEAFDEC-member countries, and the regional information hub for fisheries post-harvest technology development.
MFRD has worked successfully with the seafood processing industry towards its upgrading. The industry now produces some 22,0000 tonnes of surimi (fish-jelly) based products valued at S$66 million annually. In 1988, MFRD played a key role in assisting the setting up of the Seafood Industries Association, Singapore (SIAS). The association currently has 100-odd members representing the seafood processing, manufacturing and trading companies in Singapore. The SIAS and MFRD work closely with other government agencies such as the Economic Development Board (EDB) to upgrade the industry.
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