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Report of the Regional Workshop on Fisheries Tenure and User Rights: Southeast Asia & Bay of Bengal (SEABOB), Bangkok, Thailand, 3 - 5 September 2019












​FAO. 2019. Report of Regional Workshop on Fisheries Tenure and User Rights: Southeast Asia & Bay of Bengal (SEABOB)  Bangkok, Thailand, 3–5 September 2019. Fisheries and Aquaculture Report No. R1300. Rome.


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