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6. In regulation 44—
(a)in paragraph (1), after “arrangements”, insert “in accordance with paragraphs (3) to (5)”;
(b)after paragraph (2) insert—
“(3) The joint committee must—
(a)assess how and to what extent surveillance of the conservation status of each relevant habitat and species needs to be carried out, having regard to—
(i)whether a habitat or species is a priority natural habitat type or priority species; and
(ii)the conservation status of the habitat or species; and
(b)advise the Secretary of State as to the need for such surveillance.
(4) The Secretary of State must ensure that the necessary surveillance is carried out on an ongoing basis.
(5) Surveillance for the purposes of this regulation may be carried out by—
(a)the joint committee; or
(b)any other person acting pursuant to, and in accordance with, an agreement with the Secretary of State or the joint committee.
(6) In paragraphs (3) and (5)—
(a)“the joint committee” means the Joint Nature Conservation Committee; and
(b)a “relevant” habitat or species means a habitat or species in the offshore marine area of a type referred to in paragraph (1).”.
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