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Report of the Regional Workshop on Safety at Sea in Artisanal and Small-scale Fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Paita, Peru, 2–4 July 2007. (Includes a CD-ROM)










FAO. Report of the Regional Workshop on Safety at Sea in Artisanal and Small-scale Fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Paita, Peru, 2–4 July 2007. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 851. Rome, FAO. 2008. 37p. (Includes a CD-ROM)


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