Preserving a Unique Natural Treasure

The Seals are Going to Court

This year we celebrate the second annual Pupping Season Closure of Casa Beach in La Jolla.  The Seals continue to enjoy the peaceful environment that has been established by this annual closure which was approved by the Mayor of San Diego, the San Diego City Council, and the California Coastal Commission in 2014.
Unfortunately, immediately following the final approval vote in August 2014, opponents filed a lawsuit to overturn the Pupping Season Closure. It has taken a year and half for this lawsuit to work its way through the legal system but the court date of March 16, 2016 for the lawsuit resulted in a tentative negative ruling. If there is no change in the final ruling, an appeal by the City of San Diego is the next step.

Opponents were successful in securing a change of venue to have the case moved from San Diego County Superior Court to Orange County Superior Court. They are energized by this lawsuit and are using it to fundraise for their opposition cause.

The Seal Conservancy has been closely monitoring this case and the Pupping Season Closure defense being led by attorneys for the City of San Diego and attorneys for the California Coastal Commission.   We have incurred expenses to monitor this litigation and we are once again in need of your financial support in advocating for and protecting the La Jolla Seals.

Please consider making a one-time contribution to the “Pupping Season Closure Defense Fund”.

This decision against the seals on the seasonal closure of Casa Beach during pupping season will result in the removal of the chain and the sign pictured above, allowing people once again to go on the sand and harass the pregnant and nursing seals and their newborn pups.  We will keep you informed as soon as there are new developments. With your support, we can be vigilant in advocating for and protecting the Seals because they need our help once again.


harbor seals at casa beach


Want to hear what a seal pup sounds like? Please click the picture below.

Dover and mom enjoying a sunny day!





Help us by making a tax-deductible donation of $10, $100, $1,000 or more.
Each dollar brings us closer to our goal of protecting the Casa Beach harbor seal rookery. THANKS!

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 or mail a check to:

Seal Conservancy
PO Box 2016
La Jolla, CA  92038

All donations are tax deductible per IRS regulation 501(c)(3)



What is the Seal Conservancy ?

  • A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1999 to protect the harbor seal rookery at Casa Beach, 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, California
  • The only local organization exclusively dedicated to educating the public about seals and to advocating for enforcement of laws to protect the seals
  • Consists of a Board of Directors, and supporting contributors
  • The Seal Conservancy is the spokesperson for the seals in the media, in courtrooms, and in public debates
  • The Seal Conservancy does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.


The mission of the Seal Conservancy is to preserve and protect the La Jolla harbor seal rookery for ecological, educational, scientific, historic, and scenic opportunities.


Closing the beach during the harbor seal pupping season helps protect the moms and their pups during the time when they are most vulnerable.

207 signatures

Pupping Season Beach Closure Petition


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The rope creates a buffer between humans and seals and is vital for their protection during the non-pupping season months.

167 signatures

Guideline Rope Petition


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