523. Offshore marine area.

The Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 20171 make provision for implementing the Wild Birds Directive2 and the Habitats Directive3 in relation to the offshore marine area4, offshore marine installations5 and certain ships and aircraft6. Those regulations:

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    (1)     impose a duty on competent authorities7 exercising functions relevant to marine conservation to do so in such a way as to secure compliance with the requirements of the Wild Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive8;

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    (2)     make provision for the selection of offshore marine areas as sites of EU importance and designation as special areas of conservation to be

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