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Report of the 2016 Symposium on Technology Development and Sustainable Fisheries, Mérida, Mexico, 25–29 April 2016

ICES–FAO Working Group on Fishing Technology and Fish Behaviour - FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. 1182













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