After liberation war of Bangladesh it was seen that it lacked skilled manpower for judicious exploitation and harvesting of marine fisheries resources. Thus the call for a national institution to train and educate personnel for Bangladesh maritime fisheries industries which began in 1972. The year was also the beginning of a rapid technological change in the deep sea fishing, with the introduction of large and sophisticated deep sea fishing vessels. Government realized that without skilled manpower i.e. qualified officers, growth of an efficient fishing fleet would be impossible.
With that end in view on 1st September, 1973 Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh established Marine Fisheries Academy on a beautiful landscape on the southern bank of the river Karnaphuly, opposite to Sadarghat, Chittagong. Its geographical position is 22° 19.0' N latitude, 91° 49.8' E longitude and the campus is about 1 km from the city center. Since its inception Academy is shouldering the responsibilities of exploring and pooling the seafaring talents of the country and training them in well planned and well organized manner as Navigator, Engineer and Fish Processing Technologist.