Reserve’s future secure

Laura Smith, new marine ranger at St Abbs
Laura Smith, new marine ranger at St Abbs

This time two weeks ago there were serious concerns that St Abbs and Eyemouth Marine Reserve might fold but a rallying call to secure its future has been answered.

After an appeal was sent out to attract more volunteers onto the Reserve’s committee and to fill several crucial office bearer positions, marine ranger Laura Smith is pleased to report that new people have come into the fold to prevent the Reserve from sinking without a trace.

An emergency meeting was held in the Fishermen’s Mission in Eyemouth last week during which six new members were voted onto the committee and a number of appointments were made.

Peter Nisbet was appointed as as vice-chairman; Denise Crerar as treasurer; Paul O’Callaghan as community officer and Alex Hughes as the committee’s youth officer. Everyone at the Reserve is particularly delighted that Alex has joined the committee as he has been a member of the Young Marine Rangers.

Laura Smith, marine ranger commented: “We are very pleased that the local community has come out to show the Voluntary Marine Reserve their support.

“Now that we have a healthier committee we can start looking for funding for the future and can continue the good work of the last 29 years.”

This reinvigoration of the committee couldn’t come at a better time as the VMR are now preparing for their 26th annual underwater photography competition – the Splash In.

This year’s Splash In will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend of August 24-25.

The Splash In is a well established event, now in its 26th Year and there are 45 places available for this year’s competition.

Anyone wishing to take part must register in advance by completing the entry form available on the VMR’s website www.marine-reserve.co.uk or from the VMR Ranger Laura Smith (lesmith@nts.org.uk) and returning it no later than Friday, August 16.

Alternatively registration will be available on the morning of Saturday, August 24 at The Old School, St Abbs from 8am – 10am, although divers are encouraged to register in advance as the places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and later registration will cost more.

The competition categories will be: Marine Life Portrait (close up photos of the Reserve’s inhabitants); Reserve Atmospheric (showing the VMR’s spectacular scenery at its best, which can include divers in the frame) and The John Goldie Themed category which this year will be nudibranchs.

The entry fee for the competition is £20.