Preserving a Unique Natural Treasure

The Seals Need Your Help….Again!

The permits for the Harbor Seal Pupping Season Winter Beach Closure from December 15 through May 15, and for the Guideline Rope (during the other seven months of the year), will expire this August. These two permits are up for renewal at the California Coastal Commission meeting in San Diego on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 8:00am.  Please help the La Jolla Seals by attending this meeting.

Plesase notify us at if you can attend. Everyone who comes in person to the June 13 meeting will make a huge difference.  The Seals need all of you!

Here are some important details about the June 13, 2019 California Coastal Commission meeting:

ATTIRE: Wear business attire and arrive at 8:00am. Although everyone is hoping that it won’t take all day, you should nevertheless plan to stay for the entire day.

SPEAKER SLIP: Regardless of whether or not you plan to speak at the meeting, each person should fill out a speaker slip. Each speaker is going to be limited to either 1 or 2 minutes. This is why it is critically important for people who support the seals, but don’t want to speak publicly, to come to the Coastal Commission meeting in person – because you can cede your 1 or 2 minutes of time to the Seal Conservancy or another supporter who does want to speak, and needs more than the allotted 1 or 2 minutes for their presentation. You must indicate your request to cede time on the speaker slip that you fill out. If you cede time, you must be present in person at the meeting until the time when the person to whom you ceded your time actually speaks.

  • Agenda Item Number: 21a / 21b
  • Application/Appeal No.: 6-14-0691-A1 / 6-15-0223-A2
  • Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Name: Your Name
  • Organization Represented: NONE
  • Address: Your Address
  • Check the box to the left of “In Favor of Project”
  • If ceding time, write “I cede my time” on the line below the last check box

An example of a speaker slip can be seen here.

IF YOU SPEAK: Remember to state your name first before anything else. Remember to say in closing, “PLEASE APPROVE THE 10-YEAR RENEWAL OF BOTH PERMITS.”

DIRECTIONS: You can get door-to-door directions from Google Maps.

SIGNS: We will be handing out APPROVE PUPPING SEASON CLOSURE and APPROVE THE ROPE signs. Please raise your signs to show support for speakers who are in favor of the pupping season beach closure and the guideline rope. Never clap or boo, please.

If you don’t live in San Diego, you can still help the La Jolla Seals by clicking or tapping here to send a letter of support to the California Coastal CommissionIf the prior link doesn’t work for you, here is a link to text that you can copy and paste into your own email The email address to write to is  You can also submit comments via US Postal Mail:

Attn:  File No. 6-14-0691-A1 / 6-15-0223-A2
California Coastal Commission
7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 103
San Diego, CA  92108  USA

  • The Beach Closure is:     CDP Application No. 6-14-0691-A1
  • The Guideline Rope is:   CDP Application No. 6-15-0223-A2

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, while maintaining the unique viewing experience that remains open for all locals and tourists alike to enjoy.

The guideline rope has been successful in preventing human harassment of the harbor seal colony during the non-pupping-season months.   Without the rope, people can get too close to the seals.  They will scare them by trying to pet them, or trying to take selfies with them, surrounding the seals and blocking their escape route to the ocean. 

These permits are an elegant compromise which balance human coastal access and animal habitat protection while maintaining this unique and special coastal resource.

With your help, the La Jolla Seals will continue to enjoy these sensible and effective protections for another 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!




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!

Make a secure online contribution in any amount using a Credit Card or PayPal account

 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
    • 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.

1,055 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.

865 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**