News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 September 2018) - - In his statement at the BBNJ Conference currently being held at the UN headquarters in New York, and on behalf of the Secretary-General of  the International Seabed Authority,  the Deputy to the Secretary-...

JAMAICA, Kingston (4 September 2018) - - “The Law of the Sea Convention not only guarantees the right of all States, rich and poor, to access the mineral resources of the deep seabed, but also assures equality of access to developing States,...

JAMAICA, Kingston (30 August 2018) - - Members and  Observers of the Authority as well as other Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the revised draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1/...

ISA Calendar of Events

Meeting of ISA Contractors
October 15, 2018
Sustainable Development Workshop, Abidjan
October 22, 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 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 Third Session (2017)
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