A mid-course meeting on the Geological Model of Polymetallic Nodule Deposit Formation in the Clarion-Clipperton Region was held at the East-West Centre, Hawaii from the 24-26 October 2006.

The International Seabed Authority and MARAWA RESEARCH EXPLORATION LTD  have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules, in the presence of Mr. Baraniko Baaro, First Secretary and Officer In Charge in the Mission of Kiribati to the United Nations.

The contract was signed in New York on 19 January 2015 by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and Honourable, Tiriate Kwong, Director of MARAWA, on behalf of the Chairman of MARAWA, Honourable Tinian Reiher.

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 July 2015) - - The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority at its final meeting of the 21st Session in Kingston, on Friday 24 July, approved the recommendations of its Finance Committee relating to financial and budgetary matters and decided to undertake the first review of the operations of the international regime of the Area as provided for under article 154 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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JAMAICA, Kingston (18 July 2016) - - The Council of the International Seabed Authority in a series of actions, this afternoon agreed to propose two candidates to the Assembly for election as a Secretary-General of the Authority; approved the extension of five year exploration contracts for six entities and concluded discussion on the elaboration of a draft marine minerals exploitation code.

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New York (5 June 2017)  - - ISA has registered seven voluntary commitments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” as part of the United Nations Ocean Conference that opened today.

This international conference co-organized by Fiji and Sweden aims  to identify ways and means to support the implementation of SDG14, building on existing successful partnerships and stimulating innovative and concrete new partnerships. 

In light of this, the ISA announced its firm commitment to:


JAMAICA, Kingston (27 March 2018) - - The Republic of Korea and the Authority have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts.

The contract was signed by Secretary General Michael Lodge and Mr. Young-Choon Kim, Minister of Oceans and Fisheries on behalf of the Republic of Korea on the 27 March 2018 in Seoul. 

The contract covers an exploration area of 3,000 km2 and consists of 150 blocks, each with an area of 20 km2 located east of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean.

The International Seabed Authority expresses its profound shock and sadness upon the death of Caitlyn L. Antrim of the United States. 

Caitlyn passed away suddenly in Kingston, Jamaica on 28 July 2018, after attending the twenty-fourth session of the Assembly of the Authority. 

His Excellency Dong Xiaojun, newly appointed Ambassador of China to Jamaica, presented his credentials as the new Permanent Representative of China to the International Seabed Authority to the Secretary-General on Wednesday, 23 October 2013.

Whilst Ambassador Dong has served his country in the USA, Gambia, and Afghanistan, he is no stranger to the Caribbean. He enjoyed a four year term as Councillor at the Chinese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago from 2001 – 2004. 

The ISA Legal and Technical Commission began its week-long meeting on Monday 4 February 2013.

Members of the Commission will consider the annual reports of contractors, consider draft recommendations for the guidance of contractors for the assessment of possible environmental impacts arising from exploration for marine minerals in the Area, and also consider draft recommendations for the guidance of contractors relating to the implementation of training obligations.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 4 October 2011 - The International Seabed Authority in collaboration with the Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) SOPAC Division is organising an International Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Sea Minerals, to be held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort in Nadi, Fiji Islands from 29 November to 2 December 2011.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - In his first address to the General Assembly since being elected ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton spoke about matters relating to Oceans and the Law of the Sea . He said he felt extremely privileged to have been invested with the responsibility for guiding the work of the Authority over the next four years.

The International Seabed Authority is calling for nominations for three short-term training opportunities in 2015 for suitable candidates from developing States provided by JOGMEC.

The at-sea training programme is pursuant to the terms of the contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts between JOGMEC and the Authority.

JAMAICA, Kingston (10 March 2015) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation have signed a 15-year contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts within the Magellan Mountains in the Pacific Ocean.

The contract was signed today, 10 March 2015, in New York by the Deputy to the Secretary-General and Legal Counsel of the International Seabed Authority, Michael Lodge, and the First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources  and Environment of the Russian Federation, Denis G. Khramov. 

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China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) is offering 5 opportunities for its At-Sea Training Programme to candidates from developing countries as part of its July-September 2016 training programme.

The training programme is in accordance with the contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts that COMRA has signed with the ISA in April 2014. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (26 September 2016) - - The International Seabed Authority and the Government of India have signed a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides.

The contract was signed today, Monday 26 September in New Delhi, India by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and Dr M Rajeevan, Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.