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Report of the FAO/SWIOFC Regional Workshop on Safety at Sea for Small-scale Fisheries in the South West Indian Ocean. Moroni, Union of the Comoros, 12 - 14 December 2006











FAO. Report of the FAO/SWIOFC Regional Workshop on Safety at Sea for Small-scale Fisheries in the South West Indian Ocean. Moroni, Union of the Comoros, 12–14 December 2006. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 840. Rome, FAO. 2008. 76p.


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