News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (20 July 2017) - Secretary-General Michael Lodge today hosted a meeting with Permanent Representatives based in Kingston to brief them on the work of the Authority at its forthcoming twenty-third session scheduled to be held in...

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 June 2017) - -  Ambassador Jose Maria Bosch Bessa, of Spain presented his credentials to the Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Seabed...

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 June 2017) - -  The International Seabed Authority hosted its first public forum today at the University of West Indies campus in Kingston.

The Authority convened the forum as part of its public outreach to engage...

ISA Calendar of Events

Legal & Technical Commission Meeting
July 31, 2017
ISA 23rd Session
August 7, 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 Sulphides

  • Polymetallic Nodules


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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