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

Split, Croatia, 6–10 November 2023












FAO. 2024. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) – Report of the forty-sixth session. Split, Croatia, 6–10 November2023. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean No. 46. Rome.




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