The International Seabed Authority and Russia signed a 15-year contract for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides located in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday 29 October 2012.

The contract was signed by the Secretary-General of the Authority, Nii Allotey Odunton and the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Denis Khramov.

The Authority has previously signed contracts with  eleven entities since the nodule regulations were adopted on 13 July 2000.

Full release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation

Applications for Exploration Contracts; Historic Advisory Opinion 
on the Responsibilities and Obligations of Sponsoring States 
among Substantive Issues in Crowded Agenda of 
Seabed Authority 17th Session

Other topics include finalization of regulations for exploration of 
cobalt-rich crusts in Area; and election of members of two bodies

The ISA Endowment Fund has awarded Ms Alejandra Mariana Rocha of Argentina, Mr Olubunmi Nubi of Nigeria and Mr Niroshana Wickramaarachchi of Sri Lanka, fellowships under its Technical Assistance Program-Marine Scientific Research (TAP-MAR) to participate in a course being offered by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India. 

Agenda Items Includes Election of Nearly Half its Executive Council, Drafting of Marine Minerals Mining Code and Consideration of Applications for Seabed Exploration Contracts

The Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority will commemorate its twentieth anniversary, elect nearly half its executive Council and begin elaboration of a mining code for deep seabed polymetallic nodules in the Area beyond national jurisdiction when it convenes for its annual session in Kingston from 14 to 25 July 2014.

JAMAICA, Kingston (21 May 2015) - - On Wednesday, 20 May 2015, His Excellency, Mr. Masanori Nakano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Jamaica, presented his credentials to the Secretary-General, as the Permanent Representative of Japan to the Authority.

Ambassador Nakano began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs serving  in various divisions, and on several bureaus in the Ministry.  In September 2008 he was appointed Director, Foreign Affairs Division, International Affairs Department, House of Representatives. 

JAMAICA, Kingston (12 February 2016) - -  The Institut français de Recherche pour I’Exploitation de le Mer (Ifremer) is offering five (5) internships for candidates from developing States to participate in a 5-day taxonomy workshop that will be held in Brest, France, from 27 June to the 1 July 2016 as part of the yearly summer schools organized by LabexMER.


JAMAICA, Kingston (20 January 2017) - - In an effort to better communicate with members and contractors of the Authority, Secretary-General Michael W Lodge recently announced the first phase of organizational changes at the Secretariat.

These are:

JAMAICA, Kingston (27 October 2017) - - On the 15th October 2017, the ISA delegation arrived in Warsaw for a series of official meetings and discussions with the Polish Minister Mariusz Orion Jędrysek and the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) in Szczecin.

At the Ministry of Environment, talks with Minister Jędrysek focused on the next steps to be taken following the approval by the Council in July 2017, of a Plan of Work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides submitted by the Minister of Environment and the exchange of contracts.

JAMAICA, Kingston (5 June 2018) - - On 5 June 2018, the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority convened a consultation with the Permanent Representatives to the Authority in order to present the revised draft Strategic Plan of the Authority for the period 2019-2023.

The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Mr. Michael Lodge is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jihyun Lee, of the Republic of Korea as Director of the Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources (OEMMR). 

New applications for exploration licences,  development of an appropriate exploitation regime and challenges posed by effective management of contracts for exploration in the Area are among issues to be dealt with at this year's ISA 19th Session in Kingston from July 15-26.

The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority concluded its 18th Session after approving the Regulations on cobalt-rich crusts, electing Mr. Nii Odunton as Secretary-General for a second four-year term and adopting the budget and a scale of assessment for the 2013-14 financial period.

KINGSTON JAMAICA, 18 May 2011 - - The International Seabed Authority will hold elections for its Finance Committee during its 17th Session in July.

Nominations have been received from 15 countries as follows:

The International Seabed Authority will attempt to resolve all outstanding issues in the draft regulatory regimes for prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides and cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the deep seabed with the aim of adopting the texts at its fifteenth session in Kingston, Jamaica from 25 May to 5 June 2009.

Seven new applications for approval of plans of work for exploration in the international Seabed Area were approved this morning by the Council of the International Seabed Authority as it nears conclusion of its work of the twentieth session in Kingston.