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Study on safety at sea for small-scale fisheries. 1. South West Indian Ocean











Nageon de Lestang, J. Study on safety at sea for small-scale fisheries. 1. South West Indian Ocean. FAO Fisheries Circular. No. 1024/1. Rome, FAO. 2007. 56p.


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