The reserve's fantastic diversity and variety of uses made both locals and visitors
alike realise the need for a more formal marine conservation strategy. Working together
the reserve was formed in 1984 and obtained official charitable status (No. SCO18593).
Currently interested individuals and organisations make up the Management Committee
who are responsible for the running of the reserve.
The aims of the reserve are to conserve the biodiversity of the coastal waters, to
raise awareness of the marine environment through education and to promote responsible
recreational use alongside a sustainable fishery to the mutual benefit of all. A Marine
Ranger is employed to achieve these aims, and is responsible for all activities,
administration, survey work, interpretation and, importantly, liaison with the locals,
user groups and visitors.
The St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve is a charity and obtains all its
funding from grants and donations. The National Trust for Scotland donate all
administration costs and line manage the Marine Ranger. Scottish Natural Heritage
and The Crown Estate both provide grants towards the core funding of the reserve and
other current funders are: Transco, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Chrichton
Trust and The Fishmonger’s Trust.