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Report of the eighth IDAF (Programme for Integrated Development of Artisanal Fisheries) Liaison Officers Meeting (Pointe-Noire, (Congo), 3-9 November 1994)









Anon., Report of the Eighth IDAF Liaison Officers Meeting Pointe-Noire, 03 - 04 1994 November 1994. Cotonou Programme for the Integrated Development of Artisanal Fisheries in West Africa, 97p.,


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