News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 July 2016) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority, in a rare night meeting in Kingston on Friday 22 July, completed the election of a new cadre of experts to serve on the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC)...

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 July 2016) - - Mr. Michael W. Lodge of the United Kingdom was today elected, by consensus, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority at its 22nd Session in Kingston. He has since 2011 been deputy to the...

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 July 2016) - - Commercialization of marine minerals in areas beyond national jurisdictions were well within reach and could be attained in the foreseeable future, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority,...

ISA Calendar of Events

Preparatory Committee established by UNGA resolution 69/292
August 26, 2016

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

Mineral Resources

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

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 02/2016
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-First Session (2015)
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