News & Announcements

Announcement | 2 June 2020

The secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) is pleased to inform members of the Council, other members of the Authority not represented on the Council, as well as observers and contractors that a...

Press Release | 1 June 2020

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has donated $3,000 USD and furniture from its headquarters in downtown Kingston, to the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to help address the impact on...

Press Release | 19 May 2020

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) today announced that the second part of the 26th session of ISA initially scheduled to be held in July 2020 will be postponed, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The session...

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


ISA Calendar of Events

Part II 26th Session
October 7, 2020

ISA Deep Data

The data repository 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. The ISA Database is the newest addition.  Read more

The Ocean Conference

Mineral Resources

  • Ferromanganese Crusts

  • Polymetallic Sulphides

  • 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!


Policy Brief 01/2019
Current Status of the Reserved Areas with the International...
Briefing Paper 02/2018
Design of IRZs and PRZs in Deep-sea Mining Contract Areas
Selected Decisions and Documents for the 25th Session
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