The St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve (VMR) is controlled by a
management committee consiting of representatives from local and national
organisations with a vested interest in the marine enviourment of the area.
The committees aim is:
'To conserve the biodiversity of the coastal waters and to raise awareness of
the marine environment through education and promote sensible recreational use
alongside a sustainable fishery to the mutual benefit of all'.
The VMR runs on a voluntary basis i.e. the Committee has no legal powers to make
or enforce bylaws. The VMR does however have a Code of Practice which divers in
particular are requested to respect.
The membership shall consist of one representative each from:
And observers from:
- The Eyemouth Harbour Trust
- The Anglo Scottish Fisherman's Association
- The St. Abbs Harbour Trust
- The St. Abbs Inshore Fishermen
- The St. Abbs Community Council
- The Coldingham Community Council
- The Eyemouth Community Council
- The Scottish Borders Council
- The Scottish Wildlife Trust
- The National Trust for Scotland
- The Marine Conservation Society
- The British Sub-Aqua Club
- The Scottish Sub-Aqua Club
- The Sub-Aqua Association
- The Eyemouth and District Sub-Aqua Club
- The St. Abbs Head National Nature Reserve
The Committee may invite such organisations or individuals as may be deemed
necessary to attend particular meetings.
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Berwickshire and North Northumberland European Marine Site
- Any interested individuals and organisations
"To conserve the Biodiversity of the coastal waters and to raise
awareness of the marine environment through education and promote responsible
recreational use alongside a sustainable fishery to the mutual benefit of all."
- Terms of Reference:
- To sustain and where possible, enhance the habitats, communities and species
within the Voluntary Marine Reserve.
- To optimise the interpretation and education potential of the Voluntary Marine
Reserve to user groups and visitors.
- To encourage informed and sympathetic recreational use.
- To integrate management of the Voluntary Marine Reserve and the Berwickshire
and North Northumberland European Marine Site.
- To use the Voluntary Marine Reserve to promote marine conservation and the need
for sustainable use of the marine environment.
- Office Bearers:
A Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected from among
the members of the committee. All Office Bearers will serve for two years and then
be eligible for re-election at the AGM.
The Secretary will keep minutes of all committee meetings, which will be circulated
to all committee members.
The Treasurer will keep accounts and present balance sheets annually, which will be
verified by an independent person at least once a year.
- The Committee shall meet at least twice a year and on as many occasions as are
necessary over the year. One meeting each year shall be the Annual General Meeting
at which a statement of the accounts shall be made and the Office Bearers elected.
- A Quorum shall consist of 50% of vote holding members.
- In the event of an imbalance of interests at a meeting the Chairman and
Vice-Chairman hold the power of veto.
The Committee shall be able to employ a Ranger or other persons on the Reserve and
appoint people to supervise and administer them.
The Committee shall raise and hold such funds as necessary for the administration
of the Reserve and employment of a Ranger or other persons.
- Dissolution of Funds and Assets:
If the Reserve should cease to exist in any way, remaining funds and assets
will be passed onto other charitable organisations in the Berwickshire area.
- Amendment of the Constitution:
Any proposed amendment of the Constitution shall require the approval of not
less than 75% of the Committee members. Members not present at a meeting must
make their views known within two months of postal notification.