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Report of the sixth session of the Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research. Rome, 17–20 October 2006.











FAO. Report of the sixth session of the Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research. Rome, 17–20 October 2006. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 812. Rome, FAO. 2007. 21p.


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