History

In December 1984 a group of 17 keen (young) marine / environmental educators met at the Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre and developed the concept of MESA. Over the next 30 years MESA grew as a national membership based society but in recent years the society struggled to maintain momentum. As a result, in 2014 the MESA council took the strategic step of uniting with the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). In effect, MESA has now morphed into the AAEE Marine & Coastal Special Interest Group.

As of February 2015, a regular visitor to the MESA web site (if such a person exists) would have noticed that this site hasn't been updated in recent months. There are two reasons for this.

Firstly, MESA is in a period of transition. After 30 years serving the needs of marine educators in the Australasian region, the MESA council took the strategic step of uniting with the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). MESA and AAEE have always been closely affiliated sharing similar aims so this is seen as a logical step. In effect, MESA has now morphed into the AAEE Marine & Coastal Special Interest Group.

All former MESA members and supporters are now encouraged to join AAEE and make an active contribution to the AAEE Marine & Coastal Special Interest Group. Go to www.aaee.org.au and follow the links to "Join Us".

Secondly, after a prolonged illness our web manager (Peter Biro) passed away suddenly on September 1st, 2014. Peter created the first MESA web site as part of Seaweek in 1996 and has been the voluntary MESA web manager ever since. To honour Peter's contribution it is our intention to keep this web site and the wealth of resources it contains active for as long as we can. To access these resources go to Seaweek, Site Resources and International News in the navigation bar above. We also plan to add a new section highlighting MESA History soon.

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Founding Year:

1984

Ended:

Still active

Type of Group:

Association

Primary Focus:

Conservation

Geographic Sphere:

National

Primary Location:

Australia

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