News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (12 May 2017) - - The International Seabed Authority and China Minmetals Corporation have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic nodules.


The exploration contract was signed on Friday, 12 May in Beijing,...

JAMAICA, Kingston (02 May 2017) - - The workshop on Marine Mineral Resources of Africa’s Continental Shelf and Adjacent International Seabed Area – Prospects for Sustainable Development of Africa’s Maritime Domain, in support of Africa’s Blue...

(c) JOGMEC Photo

JAMAICA, Kingston (25 April 2017) - - The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), in accordance with its exploration contract for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts with the International Seabed Authority, is offering four (4) at-...

ISA Calendar of Events

Legal & Technical Commission Meeting
July 31, 2017
ISA 23rd Session
August 7, 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 Area...read more

Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Nodules

Activities

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

Downloads

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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