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Report of the forty-third session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM)

Athens, Greece, 4–8 November 2019













​FAO. 2020. Report of the forty-third session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) − Athens, Greece, 4–8 November 2019. GFCM Report no. 43. Rome. 




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