News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (18 February 2018) - - Fifty years ago, the international community took a decision to set aside the resources of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction as the common heritage of mankind and to place its...

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 February 2018) - - Science, technology and innovation are powerful and dynamic drivers of progress in our world, and are essential for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The role of Women and...

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 January 2018) - - The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources...

ISA Calendar of Events

COUNCIL: Part I of 24th Session
March 5, 2018
Legal & Technical Commission
March 12, 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 Area...read more

Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

Activities

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

Downloads

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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