News & Announcements

12 December 2018


At the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York this week, Mr. Michael Lodge Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) highlighted the organization's efforts towards achieving the 2030 Agenda...

President of the ISA Council H.E Mr. Olav Myklebust announced that an open-ended working group will convene in Kingston from 21 to 22 February 2019 to discuss the financial model under consideration, as part of the draft regulations for...

28 November 2018


Nairobi, Kenya (ISA News) -- The wealth of marine resources in the oceans and seas surrounding the African Continent has the potential to be a key driver for the development of Africa’s Blue Economy but greater investment...

ISA Calendar of Events

Council: Part I of 25th Session
February 25, 2019
Legal & Technical Commission
March 4, 2019

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

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Mineral Resources

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • Polymetallic Nodules

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 02/2018
Design of IRZs and PRZs in Deep-sea Mining Contract Areas
Briefing Paper 01/2018
Deep Seabed Mining Liability: Potential Legal Pathways
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twenty Fourth Session (2018)
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The Ocean Conference