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Report of the Workshop on International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, Rome, Italy, 7–10 February 2012










FAO. Report of the Workshop on International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, Rome, Italy, 7–10 February 2012. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1004. Rome, FAO. 2012. 44 pp.


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