Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament
The Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament, owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and benefiting the Marine Industry Cares Foundation and The Billfish Foundation, is the premier not-for-profit fishing tournament in the southeast. The tournament combines a commitment to preserving the seas, cash prizes, a mandate of the release of billfish and the responsible take of fun fish.
Waterway Cleanup – March 4, 2017
The Annual Waterway Cleanup, now in its 40th year, is one of Broward County’s largest and longest-running environmental events. Held every March, in 2016 nearly 1,500 volunteers of all ages by land and more than 100 boats worked at 30+ locations at canals and waterways across the county to remove 22 tons of trash and debris from our waterways. You do not need a boat to participate! The cleanup is followed by the Trash Bash, with food, drinks, door prize and live music.
The event is organized and sponsored by MIASF and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation with support from the Florida Inland Navigation District as well as numerous other local businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations. For more information, visit www.waterwaycleanup.org.
Plywood Regatta – April 1-2, 2017
The Plywood Regatta, in its 21st year, is a two-day boat building and racing event that introduces students to our industry by having them build vessels by working as a team and then competing to see whose vessel performs the best. Thirty teams of South Florida middle school, high school, technical school and college students will attempt to build sea-worthy vessels the first day using simple hand-tools and only the supplied materials of plywood, 3M 5200 fast-cure caulk and zip ties. Then the students paint and decorate them with their own theme. On the second day, the students compete in a fun-filled and friendly rivalry when the finished boats race in a series of heats to determine which boats actually are seaworthy and which boats exude that sinking feeling!
All Plywood Regatta proceeds benefit South Florida’s marine industry education programs and the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund. The aim of these programs is to encourage students to pursue careers in the marine trades, maintaining South Florida’s talent cluster as the global leader for service in the recreational and yachting segments of the marine industry. For more information, visit www.plywoodregatta.com.
Marine Industry Day – June 17, 2017
Marine Industry Day is a family-oriented event aimed at celebrating and raising awareness of the region’s marine industry through a variety of fun, interactive experiences. It features live music, food trucks, children’s activities, numerous marine-related activities, water taxi tours, educational games and much more. The Marine Industry Day celebration was established to build awareness of our industry on local, state, and federal levels. It is a gathering of Broward County’s diverse marine industry workforce and families who comprise the foundation of Broward’s number one economic driver.
The event is organized and sponsored by MIASF and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, with support from the U.S. Superyacht Association and Young Professionals in Yachting. For more information, visit www.marineindustryday.org.
Habitat for Humanity
MIASF is spearheading a Habitat for Humanity home build project in conjunction with the Marine Industry Cares Foundation as part of both organization’s commitment to supporting and giving back to the community. The home is at 732 NW 15 Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, and two deserving families have already been selected. Construction began on the duplex property in April 2015 and was completed in December 2016. View pictures from the home dedication ceremony on our Facebook page here and check out photos of the construction process in our gallery here.
For more information, visit our Habitat for Humanity page.