News & Announcements

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 April 206) - - Interested students from developing countries with a first degree or above, interested in oceans law and policy are invited to apply for a scholarship to either attend the two-week 2016 Xiamen Summer Program...

JAMAICA, Kingston (14 April 2016) - - His Excellency, Mr. Mohammad Ziauddin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented his credentials to Secretary-General Nii Allotey Odunton on 13 April 2016 as the new Permanent Representative of...

JAMAICA, Kingston (29 March 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the UK Seabed Resources Limited (UKSRL) have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules in the eastern part of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture...

ISA Calendar of Events

ISA Annual Session
July 11, 2016

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 Sulphides

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Nodules


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 04/2015
Mineral Exploitation in the Area. Joint CIL-ISA Workshop
Briefing Paper 03/2015
Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Activities in the Area....
Selected Decisions and Documents of the Twenty-First Session (2015)
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