1963-1977: Established  as Research Station for Freshwater Fish 
1978: Re-organized in as the Research Centre for Inland Aquaculture.
1983: Renamed as the Research Institute for Aquaculture No.1.

Research Institute for Aquaculture No.1, initially established as a Freshwater Fish Research Centre, was opened in 1963 with the aim of developing culture techniques for freshwater aquatics and to survey and evaluate freshwater resources. Throughout its 45 years of development, RIA 1 has gone through many difficulties and has emerged as an institute that plays an important role in aquaculture development. The institute is a multifunctional unit focused on research-technology transferring- education in aquaculture and resource protection.

Currently there are 365 staff in Institute. Young staff and staff with bachelor and masters qualification have significantly increased. The number of staff with a doctorate qualification is 8 (2%) and 34 staff have masters degrees. Most young staff have professional knowledge in aquaculture and related fields. Around 70.4% of graduate staff can communicate in English at least at immediate level. 

Throughout its development, RIA 1 has received the support of the head of the Party and Government, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and other organizations such as the Investment and Planning Ministry, Science and Technology Ministry and Finance Ministry.  The attention and support of the Ministry has provided the motivation for RIA 1 to overcome the challenges during a period of mechanism transition and to play an important role in driving the aquaculture production of farmers, and business sectors that are recognised both locally and internationally.

The institute leaders and staff are determined to continue to achieve a high level of performance as well as meeting challenges to ensure rapid progress.