The East Coast Florida Aquatic Preserves Office is responsible for the Indian River Lagoon (Malabar to Vero Beach), Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is a 156-mile long estuary that spans from Ponce de Leon inlet in the north to Jupiter Inlet in the south. Located on Florida’s east-central coast, the IRL is America’s most diverse estuary. There are over 400 species of fish, 260 species of mollusks and 479 species of shrimp and crabs. The Indian River - Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve overlaps temperate and the subtropical zones creating a highly diverse system. Because of this diversity, it was included in the EPA’s National Estuary Program.
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