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Interactions of Pacific tuna fisheries. Volume 2. Papers on biology and fisheries.

Proceedings of the first FAO Expert Consultation on Interactions of Pacific Tuna Fisheries. 3-11 December 1991. Noumea, New Caledonia,











Shomura, R.S.; Majkowski, J.;Langi, S. Interactions of Pacific tuna fisheries. Volume 2. Papers on biology and fisheries. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 336. Rome. FAO. 1993. 439p.


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