The Indian River Lagoon connects land and sea. It links human communities in a great blue way that enhances the quality of our lives. It represents an important regional economic engine that provides significant benefits to Florida.
The Indian River Lagoon is more than a beautiful body of water nestled inside coastal barrier islands – it is one of the greatest estuaries in North America. Its diversity of life is unmatched, and it serves as a spawning ground and nursery for many different species of fish and shellfish. Many creatures, including popular gamefish like Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook depend on the Lagoon. Wading birds, Pelicans, Manatees, and Dolphins all make the Lagoon their home.
We humans also depend on the health and vigor of the Lagoon’s ecosystem. The Indian River gives to us all. The estimated annual economic value of the Indian River lagoon is $3,725,900,000. That is a staggering economic impact that affects both the communities and economies along the Lagoon’s entire length. Essentially, everything about our way of life is enhanced and given greater value due to the influence of the Indian River Lagoon.