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Report of the Thirteenth Session of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) Steering Committee Meeting

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Hybrid meeting), 26–27 and 30 June 2023











FAO. 2023. Report of the Thirteenth Session of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) Steering Committee Meeting, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Hybrid meeting), 26–27 and 30 June 2023. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report, No. 1430. Rome.



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