News & Announcements

PRESS RELEASE | 15 October 2019

The third annual meeting between the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretariat and the contractors with deep-sea exploration contracts in the international deep-seabed (the Area) concluded in Changsa...

ANNOUNCEMENT | 19 September 2019

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is calling for expressions of interest from government representatives from African countries, members of ISA, for a two-month secondment with the Organization to...

Press Release | 13 September 2019

A high-level workshop on ‘Deep-seabed Resources and the Blue Economy,’ organized by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in partnership with the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, was held in Nay Pyi...

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 Conference on Legal, Scientific and Economic Aspects of Deep Seabed Mining
November 14, 2019
Workshop on the Regional Environmental Plan for the Area of the Northern Mid Atlantic Ridge
November 25, 2019

The Ocean Conference

Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • 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 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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