Preserving a Unique Natural Treasure

Judge Strikes Down Pupping Season Closure

(May 6, 2016) The annual Pupping Season Closure of Casa Beach from December 15 through May 15 has been struck down by a single Orange County judge.

Please urge Mayor Faulconer, the City Attorney, and the City Council to appeal this BAD ruling.


The pupping season beach closure was approved by San Diego’s Planning Commission, City Council, Mayor, and finally by the California Coastal Commission (unanimously) in August of 2014.

It was operative for the past two pupping seasons and the closure completely resolved all harassment of seals while dramatically reducing police calls with no citations issued at all.  The closure restored the calm needed for seals to give birth and nurse their pups, and for visitors to enjoy this astounding natural experience.

Do not let the misinterpretation of state and federal laws by a single judge reverse San Diego’s elegant compromise solution to protect the La Jolla Seals.

The Seals need your help.  Please speak for the harbor seal moms and their pups by clicking here to email the Mayor, the City Attorney, and the City Council now!  Please be sure to sign the email.  If the link doesn’t work, here is a link with text that you can copy and paste into your own email:  [Sample Email to San Diego Mayor, City Attorney and City Council].


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!





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Seal Conservancy
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La Jolla, CA  92038

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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.

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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.

182 signatures

Guideline Rope Petition


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