List of Institutional bodies established under UNCLOS

  1. The International Seabed Authority

The International Seabed Authority is the intergovern­mental organization through which States Parties to UNCLOS organize and control activities in the Area, particularly with a view to administering the resources of the Area. The Authority was established on 16 Novem­ber 1994, upon the entry into force of the Convention, and became fully operational in June 1996.
The main functions of the Authority are to admin­ister the mineral resources of the Area; to adopt rules, regulations and procedures for the conduct of activities in the Area; to promote and encourage marine scientific research in the Area; and to protect and conserve the natural resources of the Area and prevent damage to the flora and fauna of the marine environment.