News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (17 July 2018) - - The China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA), today, co-hosted a side event on the First Steps in Developing and Implementing...

JAMAICA, Kingston (17 July 2018) - - The Chair of the Legal & Technical Commission, Ms Michelle Walker provided a report on the joint meeting to Council today, at its 239th meeting of the 24th Session.

Ms Walker said the joint meeting...

JAMAICA, Kingston (16 July 2018) - - The Secretariat today, presented its Data Management Strategy, the development of its database and its data web portal to member States during its 24th session meetings currently being held in Kingston.


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

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Ferromanganese Crusts


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 02/2018
Design of IRZs and PRZs in Deep-sea Mining Contract Areas
Briefing Paper 01/2018
Deep Seabed Mining Liability: Potential Legal Pathways
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twenty Third Session (2017)
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The Ocean Conference

ISA Calendar of Events

ASSEMBLY: 24th Session
July 23, 2018