News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (20 January 2017) - - In an effort to better communicate with members and contractors of the Authority, Secretary-General Michael W Lodge recently announced the first phase of organizational changes at the Secretariat.


On Tuesday, 11 January 2017, Mrs. Taous Achab of the Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, presented her credentials as the Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority to the Secretary-General, Mr. Michael W....

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 January 2017) - -  Mr. Michael Lodge began his tenure as the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority on 1 January 2017.  He was elected Secretary-General on 21 July 2016 at the Authority's 22nd Session for a 4...

ISA Calendar of Events

ISA Review Committee Meeting
January 30, 2017
Legal & Technical Commission Meeting
February 20, 2017

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

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Polymetallic Sulphides


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 Programmes NEW!

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 02/2016
Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges for Deep Sea Mining
Briefing Paper 01/2016
Polymetallic Nodule Resource Classification Workshop
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twenty Second Session (2016)
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