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GFCM - Report of the thirtieth session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Istanbul, Turkey, 24–27 January 2006.












FAO General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Report of the thirtieth session. Istanbul, Turkey, 24–27 January 2006. GFCM Report. No. 30. Rome, FAO. 2006. 56p.


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