News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 June 2017) - - Twenty-seven technical, legal and scientific experts representing sixteen Exploration Contractors began a two-day workshop today, hosted by the International Seabed Authority in Kingston....

JAMAICA, Kingston (13 June 2017) - - Addressing the Meeting of States Parties for the first time as Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge drew particular attention to issues for discussion at...

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 June 2017) - -  In a bid to encourage the dissemination of marine scientific research through one of its Voluntary Commitments, the ISA is promoting its Secretary-General Award for Deep Sea Research Excellence. 


ISA Calendar of Events

ISA Public Forum
June 23, 2017
Legal & Technical Commission Meeting
July 31, 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 more

Mineral Resources

  • Polymetallic Nodules

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • 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 02/2016
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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The Ocean Conference