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Report of the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

Brussels, 31 May − 4 June 2021 (Virtual meeting)











FAO. 2021. Report of the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing: Brussels, 31 May − 4 June 2021 (Virtual meeting). FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report, no. 1349. Rome.





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