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Report of the third meeting of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) Open-Ended Technical Working Group on Information Exchange, Rome, 13–14 December 2022











FAO. 2023. Report of the third meeting of the Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) Open-Ended Technical Working Group on Information Exchange. Rome 13–14 December 2022. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1409. Rome.




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