News & Announcements

STATEMENT by Michael W Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 November 2019) – If the cross-cutting role of ocean science in furthering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is widely recognized, then the contribution of...


The The International Seabed Authority (ISA) together with the Centre for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia, School of Law will hold an international conference at the AC Marriot Hotel on the legal,...

PRESS RELEASE  |  25 October 2019

The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Mr. Michael W. Lodge signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday, 18 October to establish the first ever joint training and...

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


ISA Calendar of Events

International Conference on Legal, Scientific and Economic Aspects of Deep Seabed Mining
November 14, 2019
Workshop on the Regional Environmental Plan for the Area of the Northern Mid Atlantic Ridge
November 25, 2019

The Ocean Conference

Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • 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 Programmes NEW!

Central Database Repository

The data repository 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. The ISA Database is the newest addition.  Read more


Policy Brief 01/2019
Current Status of the Reserved Areas with the International...
Briefing Paper 02/2018
Design of IRZs and PRZs in Deep-sea Mining Contract Areas
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twenty Fourth Session (2018)
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