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"From the time of the Ais Indians, the Indian River Lagoon has been and remains an important feature that continues to shape the lives of those that reside near it, recreate within it, and earn a livelihood from it."



St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties


22,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands


Irene Arpayoglou, Manager
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
3300 Lewis Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
(772) 429-2995


  • The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in the nation.
  • One of 28 estuaries in the country in Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program, the Indian River Lagoon is the only estuary with this designation (1990) on the east coast of Florida.
  • Supports seagrass beds, mangroves, drift algae, salt marshes, oyster bars, tidal flats, and spoil islands which serve as important spawning and/or nursery grounds for commercially important species, such as shrimp, groupers, snappers, snook and drum.
  • Popular activities include boating, recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife observation, snorkeling, and photography.
  • Spoil islands provide visitors with camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking, snorkeling, and birding opportunities.


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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.

Last updated: August 12, 2016

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