Pink Gold Gulf Shrimp
In 1949, the discovery of pink shrimp off Fort Myers Beach changed the area and shrimping forever. Coined ‘pink gold’ in the 1950’s because of their value to our local economy, this local commodity is native to the warm waters of the Gulf, sustainably sourced, BURSTING with flavor and has no additives or preservatives. In the 1950’s, San Carlos Island – the small island between the southwest Florida mainland and Fort Myers Beach’s main Estero Island – popped up as a makeshift village to provide the shrimping boats with food, ice, nets, repairs, equipment and other supplies. Docks and processing plants accommodated the offloading of the crustaceans for trans-shipment. A little town unto itself, that salty community still bustles along the island’s Estero Bay shores. And, we celebrate the hard work and benefit of it to our community and local economy every year by honoring the industry with its very own Shrimp Festival. The proceeds of the festival are put directly back into our community to help those in need.
Why pink and not brown or white Gulf shrimp? The pink Gulf shrimp are prized for their sweet, tender meat, are caught fresh year-round, but are more abundant during winter months as they are a cold weather species, peaking from late fall until early spring. They are the largest of the species, highest is quality & test high in flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. So, you’ll be supporting a good cause and your health when you purchase a Lion’s shrimp dinner from our Shrimp Boil!
For the full history on our Pink Gold Gulf Shrimp sold at Shrimp Festival, check out a few articles we’ve collected for you below:
- Pink Gold Rush documentary & website
- Town of Fort Myers Beach details on shrimping as part of Fort Myers Beach history
- Discovery of Gulf shrimp & first shrimpers on Fort Myers Beach
- Shrimping & the Blessing of the Fleet