News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (7 August 2015) - - On 5 August 2015 His Excellency, Mr. Alexis Eduardo Sandoval Cajar presented his credentials to Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary-General of the Authority, as the new Permanent Representative of Panama to...

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 July 2015) - - The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority at its final meeting of the 21st Session in Kingston, on Friday 24 July, approved the recommendations of its Finance Committee relating to financial and...


JAMAICA, Kingston (24 July 2015) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority meeting in Kingston yesterday, adopted the procedures and criteria for extension of an approved plan of work for exploration and took note of the draft...

ISA Calendar of Events

December 14, 2015
Legal & Technical Commission Meeting
February 22, 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 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 04/2015
Mineral Exploitation in the Area. Joint CIL-ISA Workshop
Briefing Paper 03/2015
Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Activities in the Area....
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twentieth Session