The establishment of Rakan Akuakultur UMS under the BMRI was officially launched on 15 June 2015 by Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin, Deputy Chief Minister cum Sabah Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry.  This establishment is consistent with the spirit of the National Education Blueprint 2013-2025, especially in knowledge empowerment of the community.

Our institute has been working with the local communities through training, dialogue and stock enhancement of fisheries resources. The positive feedbacks we have been receiving motivated us to develop a platform that we have termed as Rakan Akuakultur UMS. The exchange of knowledge that will take place through a sustained program of interaction will help us better understand the practical problems, limitations of traditional knowledge and relevance of scientific knowledge. It will help us shape the nature of research which is of direct benefit to the fish farming community.

Hopefully, benefits of collaboration among scientists and farmers will popularize knowledge-based fish farming which will help in transitioning of small-scale enterprises into medium-scale enterprises and lead the latter to grow further.  Academics will also gain by way of getting insights into traditional practices, and be able to appreciate their compatibility with the environment, and incorporate some elements into sustainable farming systems.


  • Aquaculture entrepreneurs
  • Coastal and rural community
  • Youth groups and, school and university graduates
  • Individual that is interested to engage in the aquaculture business



Dr. Rafidah Othman


Rakan Akuakultur UMS

Borneo Marine Research Institute

Universiti Malaysia Sabah 

Jalan UMS

88400 Kota Kinabalu


Tel: 088-320000 ext. 2596

Fax: 088-320261

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Endangered Marine Species (UEMS) Research Unit is a research unit under the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI), Universiti Malaysia Sabah, which carries out research works on diverse range of endangered marine species such as the Whale Shark, Humphead Wrasse and Marine Mammals.


  • To conduct research on the biology and ecology of the endangered species;
  • To conduct feasibility studies fo re-populating the natural stocks of Humphead Wrasse;
  • To establish an endangered marine species database on occurances, beach stranding, and other causes of mortality in Sabah;
  • To establish national and international linkages for research and conservation of endangered species;
  • To provide and disseminate information and research findings through educational and community awareness programs, highlighting the economic and ecological services of a healthy marine species population.









































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