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Implementation of IOTC Conservation and Management Measures

Part A: Understanding IOTC and the international fisheries management framework











IOTC. 2022. Implementation of IOTC Conservation and Management Measures – Part A: Understanding IOTC and the international fisheries management framework. Second edition. Victoria, FAO.





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