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Not honouring the code

Countries are not complying with the UN Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. It's time some changes were made, say Tony Pitcher, Daniela Kalikoski, Ganapathiraju Pramod and Katherine Short.

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Pitcher, T., Kalikoski, D., Pramod, G. et al. Not honouring the code. Nature 457, 658–659 (2009).

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