KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 31 August 2012 - - The International Seabed Authority has received two new applications  for seabed exploration licences.

The two new applications have been filed in respect of areas located in the West Pacific Ocean and are for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The application for approval of a plan of work for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the Area from China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) was received 27 July 2012.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 13 June 2011 - - The most important substantive issue to be considered during the forthcoming Session will be the consideration of four pending applications for exploration contracts in the Area.

The International Seabed Authority wound up its fifteenth annual session in Kingston 5 June after nearly two weeks of intensive negotiations without finalizing a text on a set of regulations that would govern the exploration of polymetallic sulphides in deep oceans beyond national jurisdiction.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston this afternoon, took note of two reports of the Secretary-General at its second meeting of this historic 20th Session in Kingston this afternoon. One report addresses the status of prospecting and contract for exploration for three types of mineral resources in the seabed Area, and the other outlines laws, regulations, and administrative measures adopted by sponsoring States and other members of the Authority with respect to activity in the Area.

JAMAICA, Kingston (4 May 2015) - - ISA/INDEEP is calling for applications from established scientists, students and researchers from developing States to attend the Deep-Sea Biology Symposium (DSBS) through the ISA Endowment Fund bursary scheme.

The bursary scheme will fund six students/researchers to attend the DSBS which will be held from 31 August to 5 September 2015 in Aveiro, Portugal. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (20 January 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority is calling for nominations by member States, of candidates for election to its Legal and Technical Commission and Finance Committee.

Each nomination must be accompanied by a statement of qualification or curriculum vitae setting out the candidate's qualifications and expertise in fields relevant to the work of both organs and must be received no later than 11 April 2016.

JAMAICA Kingston (9 December 2016) - - A workshop on the ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area will be held in Berlin, Germany from 19-24 March 2017.


JAMAICA, Kingston (31 August 2017) - -  The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), is offering two (2) At-Sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2018 training programme, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic nodules with the ISA.

The training is divided into two stages:  

JAMAICA, Kingston (31 May 2018) - - China Minmetals Corporation (CMC), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority, is offering four (4) At-Sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2018/2019 training programme.
Two candidates will undergo environmental exploration training onboard the HAIYANG LIUHAO or the XIANGANGHONG SHIHAO research vessels for 40 days between 31 August and 04 December 2018.

JAMAICA, Kingston (11 October 2018) - The Government of Thailand, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) will hold a second workshop on Deep Seabed Mining and Submarine Cables in Bangkok, Thailand from 29-30 October 2018.

The ISA Council today continues discussions on the LTC Report presented by its Chairman, Dr. Russell Howorth.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 23 July 2012 - - The workload of the International Seabed Authority is set to increase dramatically with the approval, by its Council in Kingston this afternoon, of five new plans of work for exploration of marine minerals in the deep oceans.

Approval of the plans brings the number of active exploration contracts issued by the Authority to 17, compared to only eight in 2010.

The action of the 36-member Council followed the recommendations of the Legal and Technical Commission, the Authority’s expert body, in a report presented this morning.

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 17 February 2011 - - A seminar on Prospecting, Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Mineral Resources in the Area : Challenges for the Caribbean and Opportunities for Collaborationwill be held in Kingston, Jamaica from 28-30 March 2011.

The seminar is being jointly hosted by the International Seabed Authority and the Goverment of Jamaica and will be held in Conference Room 3 of the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO)  and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) today launched the Technical Assistance Program for Marine Scientific Research (TAP-MAR) for qualified professionals,

TAP-MAR is being funded by the ISA’s Endowment Fund for selected applicants to participate in a course offered by NIO at its headquarters in Dona Paula, Goa, India with tentative program dates from 25 October – 19 December 2009.

The Council of the International Seabed Authority, meeting in Kingston this morning, adopted a twelve-paragraph decision on the summary report of the Chair of the Legal and Technical Commission which was presented at its 17 July meeting.

Revised from a 32-paragraph document submitted by Brazil on the basis of comments and contributions by members of the Council, the draft decision (ISBA/20/C/L.10) is a streamlined consensus text formulated during informal group consultations on Monday, 21 July.