Created in 1961, The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to protecting and developing the region’s $11.5 billion marine industry, which also generates 136,000 jobs. With over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, MIASF also owns the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
FLIBS is the world's largest in-water boat show attracting 100,000 visitors and exhibitors from over 35 countries, with a state-wide economic impact of $857 million.
FLIBS displays 1,500 boats throughout six miles of docks and more than three million square feet of exhibitor space.
Over 1,200 exhibitors display $4 billion worth of products, last year generating $508.3 million in total sales - equivalent to $100 million each day.
MIASF promotes community engagement through events and partnerships and organizes annual events including Marine Industry Day, Plywood Regatta, Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament, and Waterway Cleanup.
MIASF also partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Broward to build the first duplex in Fort Lauderdale soon to become home to two families.
MIASF also works closely with educational institutions and other organizations to develop opportunties for apprenticeships and internships, and recently created 'Salty Jobs', a video series aimed at millennials to promote marine industry jobs which typically pay 28% above the state average.
Through connections with marine businesses, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs, MIASF is working to develop South Florida as a marine research hub, alongside several public and private universities leading research into underwater discoveries.
MIASF is committed to raising the professionalism and impact of the marine industry at state and federal levels. positioning the region as a leading goods and service center for the yachting and marine industries.