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The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture - 2006 (SOFIA)

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. The state of world fisheries and aquaculture, 2006. The State of world fisheries and aquaculture. Rome, FAO. 2007. 162p. (Includes the fourth edition of the FAO World Fisheries and Aquaculture Atlas CD-ROM).

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