|Indian River - Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve
"The Indian River lagoon, America's most diverse and beautiful estuary, is vital
to our economy and environment, yet its future is uncertain. Preserving and
protecting the lagoon is beneficial to ours and future generations."
President of Pelican Island Audubon Society
Brevard and Indian River counties
28,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Irene Arpayoglou, Manager
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
3300 Lewis Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Turkey Creek and the St. Sebastian River are the main freshwater tributaries
of the aquatic preserve.
The tidal influence of the Sebastian Inlet and wind driven currents provide
flushing of the aquatic preserve and regulate its salinity.
This aquatic preserve is characterized by the overlap of temperate and
subtropical zones along with the convergence of fresh and brackish water
systems that create a highly diverse ecosystem.
The Indian River Lagoon is America's most diverse estuary. There are
400 species of fish, 260 species of mollusks and 479 species of shrimp and
Public uses include boating, swimming, fishing, clamming, sail boarding,
kayaking, and manatee, dolphin, and bird watching.
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Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves System 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. Next, the plan will be presented to
Acquisition and Restoration Council.
March 29, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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