News & Announcements

The Beijing Pioneer Hi-Tech Development Corporation (BPHDC) has applied to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for approval of a plan of work for the exploration of polymetallic nodules in the Western Pacific Ocean.


Polymetallic...

Nominations are now open for the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research. 


Launched at the ISA Assembly in July 2018, the Award recognizes and encourages the achievements of young...

Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Mr. Michael Lodge today welcomed H.E. Lumka Yengeni, as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to ISA.


Ambassador Yengeni was recently appointed as High...

ISA Calendar of Events

Council: Part I of 25th Session
February 25, 2019
Legal & Technical Commission
March 4, 2019

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

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Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

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 02/2018
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 Fourth Session (2018)
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The Ocean Conference