News & Announcements

Ifremer Training 2016

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 October 2016) - - Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is offering one (1) at-sea training place for candidates of developing states in accordance with its contract for polymetallic sulphides...

JAMAICA, Kingston (19 October 2016) - - Global Sea Mineral Resources NV (GSR), is offering two training opportunities for candidates from developing States, in accordance with its contract with the Authority for exploration for polymetallic...

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 September 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Government of India have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides.

The contract was signed today, Monday 26 September in New Delhi...

ISA Calendar of Events

Legal & Technical Commission Meeting
February 20, 2017

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 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 Second Session (2016)
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