News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 June 2018) - - On 12 June 2018, the International Seabed Authority organised a side-event on the margins of the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to present the revised...

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 June 2018) - -  Secretary-General Michael Lodge highlighted three major ongoing developments in the work of the Authority while speaking at the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of...

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 June 2018) - - On 5 June 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority convened a consultation with the Permanent Representatives to the Authority in order to present the revised draft Strategic Plan of...

ISA Calendar of Events

Workshop on Development of a Framework for Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) for Polymetallic Sulphide...
June 27, 2018
Legal & Technical Commission
July 2, 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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