News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 March 2018) - -  On Monday 12 March 2018,  Ms. Michelle Walker of Jamaica was elected as Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission. She succeeds Mr. Christian Reichert of Germany. 

Ms. Walker is currently Head of...

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 March 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority Draft Strategic Plan for 2019-2023 is now available for written comments by members of the Authority and all stakeholders.

The Strategic Plan (English | French) is...

JAMAICA, Kingston (1 March 2018) - -  On Monday 26 February 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority presented its Draft Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023 on the organisation’s website, in English...

ISA Calendar of Events

Legal & Technical Commission
July 2, 2018
Finance Committee
July 9, 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 more

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 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 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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