|Banana River Aquatic Preserve
"Although located in an urban area, the Banana River Aquatic Preserve offers many opportunities to
view and experience the estuarine resources of the Indian River Lagoon system. Paddling the
mangrove-lined backwaters of the Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach or walking the trails along the
marsh at Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to Sykes Creek are just a few of the opportunities
available to visit this natural treasure."
Bob Day, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program
Irene Arpayoglou, Manager
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
3300 Lewis Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
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Sykes Creek is the main tributary within Banana River Aquatic Preserve.
The most important spring habitat (300-500 individuals/survey day) for the
east coast population of manatees has been the northern Banana River (2001,
Florida Manatee Recovery Plan). Large numbers of manatees use the Banana
River almost year-round.
The Banana River supports the largest pelican rookery on the Atlantic Coast,
a significant population of alligators, and diamondback terrapin turtles.
Favored by recreational fisherman, the shallow seagrass and mangrove based
ecosystem supports large gamefish.
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Indian River Lagoon Management Plan Update
The Indian River Lagoon
Aquatic Preserves Management Plan is being updated. This management plan covers Banana River
Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach
Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce
Aquatic Preserve and Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet
Aquatic Preserve. A draft
plan was produced and made available to the public for
review and comment. Four public meetings were held to present the plan to the public and receive
feedback. Those comments and those of the advisory
committee were reviewed and the plan has been
amended accordingly. The plan was presented to, and
Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June
17, 2016 meeting.
August 12, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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