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FRI Background

  HISTORY  
 
  • Prior to 1947, research on marine and freshwater fisheries was carried out by the department of Fisheries Malaya based in Singapore.
  • Since then the headquarters for fisheries research was moved to Gelugor, Penang. 
  • In 1952, a District Marine Research Centre sponsored by the British Government, Singapore, North Borneo, Brunei, Sarawak and the Federated Malay States was set up in Singapore but subsequently closed in 1956.
  • In 1952, a District Marine Research Centre sponsored by the British Government, Singapore, North Borneo, Brunei, Sarawak and the Federated Malay States was set up in Singapore but subsequently closed in 1956.
  • A Tropical Fish Culture Research Institute was built in Batu Berendam, Melaka just before independence.
  • At about the same time, fisheries research in Penang was upgraded as a new branch within the Malayan Fisheries Division and comprised 3 local researchers, namely Mr. D. Pathansali as the Chief of Research Officer, Mr. V. Selvarajah and Mr. Abu Bakar Merican as research officers.​
 

FISHERIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE  
        29th September 1968

 
  • Headquarters of fisheries research at Gelugor, Penang was inaugurated as the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) by Y.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra AL-Haj, the 1st Prime Minister of Malaysia.
 
  • The new building, consisting of an aquarium (Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman) and research laboratories replaced the old Fisheries Research Centre.
 
  • The old premise was subsequently taken over by the Royal Malaysian Navy.
 
  • The post of Chief research Officer was accordingly upgraded to Director of Research.
 
  • The Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium gained high reputation worldwide as a tourist landmark and scientific establishment.
      21st February, 1970
 
  • Prince Akihito (present Emperor of Japan) and Princess Michiko visited the Aquarium.
      1974
 
  • The second Yang Dipertuan Agong, Sultan Ismail Nasaruddin Shah also made a visit.
      1984
 
  • The aquarium had to demolished in 1984 due to structural defects.
       December 1994

 

 

  • The Fisheries Research Institute in Gelugor moved to its new complex in Batu Maung.

DEVELOPMENT
  • Fisheries research developed rapidly in the late seventies and early eighties with the setting up of a new research center and intake of researchers.
  • In the early years, FRI conducted research on the:
  1. Rastrelliger fisheries
  2. biology of the cockle, Anadara granosa
  3. mud crab, Scylla serrata
  4. spiny lobsters, Panulirus polyphagus
  5. hydrography
  6. trawling
  7. plankton and water quality studies
  • Significant research effort was also focused on studying the biology of the Malaysian giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii and related limnological studies.



DIVISIONS and UNITS 

2016 - 2021
Fisheries Research Institute, Batu Maung
Impact Accessment Research Division, Batu Maung, Penang                   
Mariculture Research Division, Langkawi, Kedah
National Fish Health Research Division (NaFish), Batu Maung, Penang
Sarawak and Labuan Fisheries Research Division, Bintawa, Sarawak
Turtle and Marine Endangered Species Research Division, Rantau Abang Terenggganu        
Brackish Water Aquaculture, Research Division, Gelang Patah, Johor
Crustacean Aquaculture Research Division, Pulau Sayak, Kedah 
Fresh Water Research Division
Marine Fish Aquaculture Research Division, Tanjong Demong, Terengganu
Capture Fisheries Research Division, Kampung Acheh, Perak
Innovation, Promotion, and Commercialization Research Division, Batu Maung, Penang
National Marine Park Research Division, Batu Maung, Penang
Aquarium Tunku Abdul Rahman (AkuaTAR), Batu Maung, Penang

 

2014
Impact Accessment Research Division, Batu Maung, Penang
Capture Fisheries Research Division, Kampung Acheh, Perak
Turtle and Endangered Marine Species Research Division, Rantau Abang Terengganu
National Fish Health Research Division, Batu Maung, Penang
Aquaculture Research Division FRI Pulau Sayak, Kedah
FRI Gelang Patah, Johor
FRI Tanjong Demong, Johor
FRI Glami Lemi, Negeri Sembilan
Sarawak and Lanuan Research Division, Bintawa Sarawak
Promotion, Innovation and Commercialization Unit, Batu Maung, Penang
Aquarium Tunku Abdul Rahman, Batu Maung, Penang


FRI RESEARCH VESSELS 
 

 
KK Senangin

KK Manchong
 

 
 

KK Mersuji
(Service Period:1982 -2009)

 

 
 
KK Kerapu 3
(Service Period: 1977-2002)

 
KK Pelaling
(Service Period: 1980 - 1994)

 
 
   
KK Jenahak
(Service Period: 1970 -1994)
   




AQUARIUM TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (AkuaTAR)
(FRI BATU MAUNG, PENANG)

    
Opening Ceremony 15 Ogos 2014 by Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries  YB Dato' Sri Ismail  Saberi Yaakob




#myDOF TUNA GALLERY
(FRI BATU MAUNG, PENANG)

   
  #myDOF Tuna Gallery, officially open to the public on Saturday, 21 April 2018 by the head of Penang state Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.  
       



GALERI SPESIES MARIN TERANCAM
(FRI RANTAU ABANG, TERENGGANU)

 
Officially open for public on 16 July 2010 by the Director General of Department of Fisheries YB Dato' Junaidi Che Ayub.
     







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Kemaskini pada 2021-11-10 20:17:25 daripada Halimah Mohamad

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