News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 December 2016) - -  The Authority has received 43 submissions of comments from stakeholders on its working draft Regulations and Standard Contract Terms on Exploitation for Mineral Resources in the Area. Among them, eight...

IfremerTraining 2016

JAMAICA, Kingston (18 November 2016) - -  The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) is offering two (2) internships for candidates from developing States in accordance with its exploration contract for...

JAMAICA, Kingston (3 November 2016) - -  The deadline for comments by members and all stakeholders to the initial working draft regulations and standard contract terms on exploitation for mineral resources in the Area has been extended to 25...

ISA Calendar of Events

Legal & Technical Commission Meeting
February 20, 2017
ISA 23rd Session
July 31, 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 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 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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