"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
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
Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June
17, 2016 meeting.