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Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) report of the Executive Committee

Seventy-eighth Session - Virtual session, 21-23 June 2022











FAO. 2022. Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC) report of the Executive Committee: Seventy-eighth Session - Virtual session, 21-23 June 2022. Bangkok.


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