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Report of the fourth meeting of the RECOFI Working Group on Fisheries Management. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 3-5 October 2010.











FAO. Report of the fourth meeting of the RECOFI Working Group on Fisheries Management. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 3-5 October 2010. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 953. Cairo, FAO. 2010. 57p.


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