News & Announcements


The International Seabed Authority is inviting Member States, Permanent Missions and Observers to the United Nations to an Open Briefing on Friday 29 May 2015.

The Open Briefing will be held in Conference Room 11, United Nations...

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 May 2015) - - On Wednesday, 20 May 2015, His Excellency, Mr. Masanori Nakano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Jamaica, presented his credentials to the Secretary-General, as the Permanent...

JAMAICA, Kingston (20 May 2015) - - His Excellency, Mr. Dwight Gardiner, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented his credentials to the Secretary-General on 18 May 2015 as the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the...

ISA Calendar of Events

ISA Open Briefing
May 29, 2015
Joint CIL-ISA Workshop on Mineral Exploitation in the Area
June 17, 2015

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

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • 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           

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 02/14
Taxonomic Standardization Workshop Series 1: Deep Sea Megafauna...
Briefing Paper 01/14
Deep Sea Mining: Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges...
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twentieth Session