On January 1, 2015 pursuant to Fisheries Office Order No. 2, Series of 2015, the BFAR- National Mariculture Center (NMC), formerly the Regional Fisheries Training Center (RFTC) Panabo was establishedas a part of the BFAR Re-Organization Program.

NMC is mandated to develop and promote an integrated and sustainable mariculture industry in the country in order to ensure available and affordable food for the Filipinos, and improve the lives of fisherfolk in line with the vision of President Rodrigo R.  Duterte.