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"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."

Richard Baker
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
(772) 429-2995


  • 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 more than 400 species of fish, 260 species of mollusks and 479 species of shrimp and crabs.
  • 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. The plan was presented to, and approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June 17, 2016 meeting.

Last updated: August 12, 2016

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