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Discussion Paper

JAMAICA, Kingston (31 March 2015) -- The International Seabed Authority today issued a Discussion Paper aimed at the development...


JAMAICA, Kingston  (18 March 2015) - -  African States were encouraged to make all possible efforts to overcome constraints to participate in the sessions of the Authority to ensure the voices of Africa were properly heard and interests properly...

Report Cover

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 March 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority today issued a Report by the Legal and Technical...

Mining Code

The "Mining Code" refers to the whole of the comprehensive set of rules, regulations and procedures issued by the International Seabed Authority to regulate prospecting, exploration and exploitation of marine minerals in the international seabed more

Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Ferromanganese Crusts


A principal function of the Authority is to regulate deep seabed mining and to give special emphasis to ensuring that the marine environment is protected from any harmful effects which may arise from mining activities including exploration and exploitation. Read more

Exploration Areas   Training           

Central Database Repository

The Central Data Repository (CDR) holds centralized data of public and private information on marine mineral resources acquired from various institutions worldwide.  The Authority uses this data to standardize and evaluate data for quantitative mineral assessments. Read more


Briefing Paper 02/14
Taxonomic Standardization Workshop Series 1: Deep Sea Megafauna...
Briefing Paper 01/14
Deep Sea Mining: Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges...
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twentieth Session