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Report of the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management

Virtual meeting, 4-5 October 2021












FAO. 2023. Report of the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Working Group on Fisheries Management − Virtual meeting, 4−5 October 2021. Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1423. Rome. 



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