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Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve What's New

"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



Located in Brevard and Indian River counties, IR-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve encompasses 28 miles, totaling 28,000 acres of the IRL. The aquatic preserve begins just north of Turkey Creek at Castaway Point in Palm Bay, extends south to northern Vero Beach corporate limit and includes waters of Turkey Creek and St. Sebastian River which are the main 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. Palm Bay, Malabar, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Orchid, and Indian River Shores are incorporated cities which lie along the aquatic preserve boundary. Unincorporated cities include Floridana Beach, Melbourne Shores, Grant, Micco, Wabasso, Roseland, and Gifford. The aquatic preserve is accessible from the east by U.S. Highway A1A and from the west by U.S. Highway 1. Numerous parks and boat ramps provide direct public access to the aquatic preserve.


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 approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June 17, 2016 meeting.

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Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

If you want to help preserve the Indian River Lagoon, consider joining Friends of the Spoil Islands at http://friendsofspoilislands.org.

Last updated: November 10, 2016

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