Regular divers at St Abbs will remember the old harbourmaster’s shed that stood at the harbour wall for 40 years. They may also remember the ‘Conservation at St Abbs’ sign that hung on the shed since the Marine Reserve was formed over 26 years ago. The sign showed the names of the dive clubs who had agreed not to ‘take one for the pot’ as had been common practice before the Reserve was set up. These clubs were instrumental therefore in the declaration of Voluntary Marine Reserve status along the coastline between St Abbs and Eyemouth.
The sign and shed it hung on were badly damaged in the storm that caused much devastation along the east coast at Easter 2010 (see photo), and I am desperately trying to find a photograph of the sign in its entirety so it can be remade and hung back in its rightful place, on the new harbourmasters shed.
If you have a photo of the sign (or know what it said) then I would be really grateful if you could get in touch. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0844 493 2256.
The Marine Ranger, Georgia