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General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean – Report of the forty-fifth session

Tirana, Albania, 7–11 November 2022












FAO. 2023. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) – Report of the forty-fifth session. Tirana, Albania, 7–11 November 2022. General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean No. 45. Rome.




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