"Although located in an urban area, the Banana River Aquatic Preserve offers many opportunities to view and experience the estuarine resources of the Indian River Lagoon system. Paddling the mangrove-lined backwaters of the Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach or walking the trails along the marsh at Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to Sykes Creek are just a few of the opportunities available to visit this natural treasure."
Bob Day, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program
The two primary mechanisms for raising public awareness about the aquatic preserve’s resources are placing informational signage at access points and providing resource displays at public events. In addition to the information provided directly, these two mechanisms also provide opportunities for linking resource interests to other on-site and online information.
The shorelines of conservation lands in Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve are susceptible to erosion for several reasons. For example, the northeast shoreline of Goat Island has been a site of considerable erosion for decades. Spoil material for a proposed development was deposited on the island in the 1950s, and a nearby boat channel produces wakes that erode the spoil from the island onto the submerged land. The constriction of a parallel channel by the old approach to the Goat Island Bridge on the island’s south shore also may contribute to increased scouring of the island’s north shore.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.