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The Regional Fishery Bodies summary descriptions provide basic information on each of about 50 established Regional Fishery Bodies (FAO and non-FAO RFBs) that cover the world's marine and inland regions.

This collection of RFBs summary descriptions was designed to facilitate users understanding of worldwide Regional Fishery Bodies.

Using a GIS approach, maps of area of competence for each Regional Fishery Bodies were prepared. When available, limits of the areas were extracted from the statutory documents of the Regional Fishery Bodies. In absence of established limits, a combination of geographic features from authoritative sources was used to assist in defining the approximate limits of the areas of competences.
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