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City To Decide How To Manage La Jolla’s Children’s Pool

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Aired 3/17/10

Activists for and against making the La Jolla Children’s Pool a seal sanctuary will be out in force this afternoon. A city council committee will consider how to manage humans and seals so they can coexist.

Activists for and against making the La Jolla Children’s Pool a seal sanctuary will be out in force this afternoon. A city council committee will consider how to manage humans and seals so they can coexist.

Children's Pool in La Jolla is home to more than 200 harbor seals.
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Above: Children's Pool in La Jolla is home to more than 200 harbor seals.

State legislation went into effect in January, giving the San Diego City Council the authority to decide the future of La Jolla Children’s Pool.

Since the early 1990s, seals have used the beach. Legal battles have raged over whether the city can declare the area a marine sanctuary and put up ropes to prevent people from disturbing the seals.

Ellen Shively of Friends of the Seals says now the city has the power to declare the pool a sanctuary, it’s time to decide how to manage it.

"We’re going to have to compromise," Shively said. "It’s only 200 feet of sand, and the habitat is just a perfect seal habitat. What we’re arguing for is a good management policy."

The city's Natural Resources Committee could recommend keeping a rope barrier up year-round, or only during pupping season. However the Council of Divers opposes any rope at all.

The final decision will be made by the full city council.

Comments

Avatar for user 'beachaccess'

beachaccess | March 17, 2010 at 9:25 a.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

It does not matter what the city of San Diego decides on the use of the Children's Pool beach. A group of private citizens knows that if the seals are harassed in the ocean surrounding the Children's Pool, the seals will leave the area and not return. Various methods such as underwater seal bombs and noise makers are easily used for this purpose.

BYE BYE SEALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Avatar for user 'SeeingBothSides'

SeeingBothSides | March 17, 2010 at 11:46 a.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

I am hopeful that the seals will be allowed to stay, and the area made into a sanctuary. So many people enjoy seeing them, just visit the area on any given day to realize the area's best use (definitely not as a children's swimming area, please). Maybe there is a way to ask for $1 per family and support the cause. If anyone tries to harm the seals or make them leave, I am pretty sure they could be punished for that. I give our community more credit.

HELLO SEALS!!!!

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jimvsmij | May 18, 2010 at 10:35 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I enjoy watching the growing population of seals that have made La Jolla their home since the mid to late 90's but, we all know, wherever there are large seal populations there are great white shark attacks on humans as we see up and down the California coasts which have seals. Since La Jolla beaches are huge tourist attractions for families that come and play in the waters as well as fellow San Diegans, I wonder what kind of protections San Diego will initiate to prevent our children, surfers, swimmers, tourists from getting killed by attacks that will surely increase as increasing seal populations attract seal eating predators.

HELLO JAWS!!!!

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