California Sea Lions
2021 Update on the California Sea Line Issue at The Cove
The California Sea Lion Optimal Sustainable Population was reached in 2000
Sea Lions were not considered depleted
2018 NOAA published; A success story: Protection had allowed Sea Lions to reach the carrying capacity of their environment
In 2020 - Sea Lions were determined to not be a Strategic Stock
The “MMPA Moratorium on Take” of 1972 has no valid application to Sea Lions.
LJTC Joint Task Force on California Sea Lions
The La Jolla Town Council held several hearings on the 'Crisis in the Cove' due the recent occupation of the Cove and other beaches by California Sea Lions. The Hearings motivated formation of “A Joint Task Force on Sea Lions” and included leaders a dozen other community organizations. It recommended humane methods to encourage the CSL’s to move to safer locations. These methods have been endorsed by a dozen organizations.
The City had a choice to make - is the beach for human recreation or California Sea Lions? The City chose the California Sea Lions. They installed educational signs and gates.
Joint Task Force Letter to the Mayor
Response from the City of San Diego
Congressman Scott Peters
"I was pleased to see the establishment of the La Jolla Community Task Force on California Sea Lions and would like to commend the Town Council for its leadership on this subject. It is important that concerned residents, business owners, visitors, and more present a united voice on this matter. I continue to encourage conversation and collaboration between the La Jolla community and the City of San Diego and hope to see a locally-reached, long-term resolution that pleases all parties involved. My office will continue to monitor this situation and we will be happy to provide assistance at the federal level where appropriate.”
Congressman California District 52