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Methodological Workshop on the Management of Tuna Fishing Capacity: Stock Status, Data Envelopment Analysis, Industry Surveys and Management Options. La Jolla, California, United States of America, 8 - 12 May 2006.










Bayliff, W.H.; Majkowski, J. (eds.) Methodological Workshop on the Management of Tuna Fishing Capacity: Stock Status, Data Envelopment Analysis, Industry Surveys and Management Options. La Jolla, California, United States of America, 8–12 May 2006. FAO Fisheries Proceedings. No. 8. Rome, FAO. 2007. 218p.


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