Preserving a Unique Natural Treasure

CCC Approves Seal Protections for 10 Years!

The ten-year permits for the Harbor Seal Pupping Season Beach Closure and for the Guideline Rope (during the non-pupping-season months) were both unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission at the June 13, 2019 meeting in San Diego. The Seals are safe through 2029 when the permits will again have to be renewed. Together They Work!

Dozens of supporters, multiple organizations and City of San Diego staff attended the all-day meeting which began at 9:00am and ended over 10 hours later with a resounding victory for the Seals.

The Seal Conservancy wishes to thank everyone who came in person to the meeting in San Diego, along with the thousands of others who took the time to send a letter of support to the Coastal Commissioners. Your voices came through loud and clear!

The seasonal beach closure has reduced seal harassment to zero during the pupping season while dramatically reducing police calls with no citations issued at all. The closure restored the calm needed for the seals to give birth and nurse their pups in a natural environment free of human harassment during this critical time. The guideline rope has been successful in preventing human harassment of the harbor seal colony during the non-pupping-season months.

These permits are an elegant compromise which balance public access to the beach with animal habitat protection, successfully maintaining this unique and special coastal resource.

Thanks to you, the La Jolla Seals will continue to benefit from these sensible and effective protections for the next 10 years!



Video provided by Roxy Grant







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
    • A 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 the enjoyment and educational benefit of children, and for the ecological, scientific, historic, and scenic benefits to all.


The guideline rope creates a buffer between humans and seals and is vital for their protection during the 7 non-pupping season months.

1,064 signatures

Guideline Rope Petition

I support the City of San Diego's viewing guideline rope, which creates a buffer between humans and the harbor seals that haul out on the sand at Casa Beach, as approved by the San Diego City Council on May 17, 2010, and the California Coastal Commission on June 10, 2015.

**your signature**


The seasonal beach closure has dramatically reduced seal harassment while maintaining this unique viewing experience for all to enjoy.

869 signatures

Pupping Season Beach Closure Petition

I support closing Casa Beach during the harbor seal pupping season, December 15 to May 15 annually, as approved by the San Diego City Council on February 24, 2014 and the California Coastal Commission on August 14, 2014.

**your signature**