News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (15 May 2018) – - International Seabed Authority Secretary-General Michael Lodge announced various efforts undertaken by the Authority to develop Transformative Partnerships for Ocean Sustainability at the recent World Maritime...

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 May 2018) - - The Authority participated recently in the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston which was held from 30 April to 3 May 2018.

As an Invited Organisation, the Authority featured an exhibition booth on...

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 April 2018) - - The International Seabed Authority will be hosting a workshop on the Development of a Framework for Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) for Polymetallic Sulphide Deposits in Mid-Ocean Ridges at...

ISA Calendar of Events

42nd Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law & Policy
May 23, 2018
ISA/COMRA Workshop on the Development of REMP for Cobalt-Rich Ferromanganese Crusts
May 26, 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

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • 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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