News & Announcements

PRESS RELEASE: 19 May 2019

High-level representatives from African States, international organizations and experts on law of the sea, policy, mining, environment protection and geology convened at a regional workshop from 16 to 18 May,...

OPINION PIECE | 15 May 2019 | Mr. Michael W. Lodge, Secretary General of ISA and Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO

There has never been a time of greater promise or greater challenge for the future of our oceans....

PRESS RELEASE | 9 May 2019

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the Government of the People’s Republic of China pledged extraordinary support to the programmes and initiatives of ISA that encourage...

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


ISA Calendar of Events

International Seabed Authority Open Day
June 7, 2019
Legal and Technical Commission
July 1, 2019

The Ocean Conference

Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Sulphides


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


Policy Brief 01/2019
Current Status of the Reserved Areas with the International...
Briefing Paper 02/2018
Design of IRZs and PRZs in Deep-sea Mining Contract Areas
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twenty Fourth Session (2018)
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