News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (23 May 2018) - - Deep Ocean Resources Development Co., Ltd. (DORD), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority, is offering five (5) At-Sea training places for...

JAMAICA, Kingston (22 May 2018) - - Fifty years ago, the international community took a decision to set aside the resources of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction as the common heritage of mankind and to place its administration in the hands...

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...

ISA Calendar of Events

ISA/COMRA Workshop on the Development of REMP for Cobalt-Rich Ferromanganese Crusts
May 26, 2018
6th International Symposium on Scientific & Legal Aspects of the Regimes of the Continental Shelf and the Area
May 29, 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 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


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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