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Issues in Mediterranean fisheries management: geographical units and effort control.












Caddy, J.F. Issues in Mediterranean fisheries management: geographical units and effort control. Studies and Reviews. General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean. No. 70. Rome, FAO. 1998. 56p.


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