Tigbauan hosts one of SEAFDEC’s Aquaculture Development facility. The 40-hectare complex includes various research laboratories, hatcheries, and broodstock tanks. Visitors can go see FishWorld, a museum-aquarium-visitor center dedicated to science and environment education about aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity, aquaculture, fisheries, ecotourism, and the aquatic sciences. The entrance fee and tour for FishWorld is P10.
The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) is an intergovernmental organization established in December 1967 for the purpose of promoting sustainable fisheries development in the region. The Philippines-based SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) was established in 1973 to conduct research, develop technologies,
disseminate information, and train people in the farming of fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, and seaweeds for food, livelihood, equity, and sustainable development.
AQD operates the Tigbauan Main Station (TMS) in Tigbauan, Iloilo as the general headquarters; Igang Marine Station (IMS) in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras for broodstock development and management; Dumangas Brackishwater Station (DBS), Dumangas, Iloilo for brackishwater aquaculture; and Binangonan Freshwater Station at Tapao Point, Binangonan, Rizal for freshwater aquaculture.
Current Member Countries of SEAFDEC are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The SEAFDEC Main Station and FishWorld Museum is located along the main highway in Tigbauan. To go there, you can ride a Tigbauan Jeepney parked in front of Iloilo Supermart Molo Branch or in the Terminal Market (locally called “Super”) near Robinsons Place. You can also ride a Guimbal, Miagao, or San Joaquin Jeepney. Just tell the driver to drop your off in SEAFDEC.