News & Announcements

27 January 2020

The ISA Secretariat is pleased to announce that the following workshop reports are now available online:

International workshop on the Deep CCZ Biodiversity Synthesis

From 1 to 4 October 2019...

PRESS RELEASE | 23 January 2020

The first two national experts selected in the context of the Africa Deep Seabed Resources (ADSR) project joined the ISA Secretariat on 20 January 2020. A total of 10 experts, including 5 women, from...

PRESS RELEASE  |  02 December 2019

International experts from member States, including developing counties and sponsoring States as well as from the scientific community, and contractors convened at a workshop held to discuss the...

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 Workshop on Capacity Development Resources & Needs Assessment
February 10, 2020
Council Part 1
February 17, 2020

The Ocean Conference

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 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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