The ad hoc Consultative Meeting on Large Marine Ecosystems (LME) was held on 15-16 March 1998. The consultation was convened by The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the US Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The World Conservation Union (IUCN). It was sponsored by IUCN and hosted by IOC at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Ole Henrik Haslund (IOC) and Dr. Kenneth Sherman (NOAA).
During this meeting, the terms of reference (TOR) for an LME Consultative Committee were drafted based on a recommendation from the January 1997 ad hoc Consultative Meeting on LMEs, disseminated and discussed among the participants. The TOR states the principal goal of the LME Consultative Committee and broadly outlines the strategy for the advancement of the “LME Approach”. Comments and suggestions have been addressed and a consensus was reached on the TOR.