Established in 1961, the Dipolog School of Fisheries is the only fishery school in Dipolog City and in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Since 1974, Dipolog School of Fisheries offers degrees in fishery namely: Fishery Technical Education curriculum leading to Diploma in Fishery Technology, Bachelor of Science in Fisheries (BSF) major in Fish Processing and Inland Fisheries, and Bachelor of Science in Fishery Education.
At present, short-term courses were also offered namely: Food Preparation and Service Technology; Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism; Marine Drafting; Certificate in Agri-Fisheries Entrepreneur-Sanayan sa Ikabubuhay Pansarili (SIKAP-CAFÉ); Marine Drafting; Deck Stewarding; Marine Welding and Steel Fabrication; Food Preparation and Technology and Nata de Coco Making.
In July 1977, Dipolog School of Fisheries as a technical-vocational institution offering both secondary and postsecondary courses was mandated under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). In support of this program, it is using “Competency Based Vocational Education” as its main method of delivering its instruction.
The growing demand for skilled workers here and abroad, made the school offer Technical Vocational Education and Training Program, which are registered and certified by TESDA. Dipolog School of Fisheries offers crash courses in Commercial Cooking, Housekeeping, Food and Beverage Services, Bartending, Bread and Pastry Production; Communication Technology, Computer Hardware Servicing Caregiving Aquaculture as the Center of Excellence, Electrical Installation and Maintenance Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Servicing, Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing and Shielded Metal Arc Welding.
In its entrepreneurial thrust, the Dipolog School of Fisheries is undertaking Income Generating Projects (IGP) in Aquaculture; bangus grow-out, tilapia, shrimps and prawn culture, hito breeding and grow-out; bottled bangus and herring, krill paste; hatchery; hito and tilapia breeding and organic garden.
The Dipolog School of Fisheries has undergone outreach/extension programs (community based) to clients in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City, Camiguin Island, Surigao, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental to name a few and is still conducting community based programs.
Scanning back over the past 52 years, the Dipolog School of Fisheries stands on 20,251 hectares with pride over the manifold manifestations that she has made.
Today, in her humble nook in Brgy. Olingan in the city of Dipolog, she lives with a dream of becoming the Mindanao College of Fisheries and Allied Sciences and Technology.