News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 April 2018) - -  His Excellency Mr.  TIAN Qi, today presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the International Seabed Authority....

JAMAICA, Kingston (29 March 2018) - -  The International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) will host a workshop on the Development of a Regional...

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 March 2018) - - The Republic of Korea and the Authority have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The contract was signed by Secretary General Michael Lodge and Mr. Young-...

ISA Calendar of Events

Legal & Technical Commission
July 2, 2018
Finance Committee
July 9, 2018

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 Nodules

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • 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 04/2017
Marine Minerals Resources of Africa's Continental Shelf and...
Briefing Paper 03/2017
Contribution of the International Seabed Authority to the UN...
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twenty Third Session (2017)
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