Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves - Sustainable Public Use
The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves System is a popular destination for many
recreational fishermen, boaters, kayakers, birders and a host of other user groups. The
IRLAP System also supports several commercial uses including commercial fishing (fin fish
and shellfish), fishing guides and several ecotourism operations. The aquatic preserves
within the IRLAP System were designated for the primary purpose of preserving the biological
resources in the area and maintaining these resources in an essentially natural condition
for the benefit of future generations.
The main public use within the IRLAP System is water-dependent recreation activities:
boating, commercial and recreational fishing, camping, sunbathing, nature-watching, swimming,
clamming, and oyster harvesting.
Projected commercial uses within the IRLAP System include: 1) expanded harvesting of resources by
commercial fishing and shellfish harvesting; 2) increased or expanded commercial tourism such as
fishing guides or ecotourism potentially resulting in crowding and conflicts at access points or
disturbance to wildlife; and 3) increases in nontraditional uses such as vendors, crew rowing sculls,
kite sailing and parasailing businesses. Proactive assessment and management of these activities is
essential to ensure that they do not damage the sustainability of IRLAP System natural resources or
impinge on the activities of traditional stakeholder groups.
By examining existing public use and natural resource patterns and trends, IRLAP staff can proactively
identify potential conflicts and work with stakeholders to prioritize strategies to sustain a healthy
ecosystem for the benefit of Florida residents and visitors.
These strategies include:
- Display information about the Aquatic
Preserve Program at high-use public boat ramps.
- Conduct multiple community-based clean-up
- Create and implement a spoil island user
- Identify potential Critical Wildlife Areas
- Create and distribute quick-reference lists
with points of contact for law enforcement.
- Install appropriate facilities on high use
recreational spoil islands.
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
If you want to help preserve the Indian River Lagoon, consider
joining Friends of the Spoil Islands at
November 03, 2016
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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