"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
- The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in
- 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
Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June
17, 2016 meeting.