FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Fort Myers Beach could spend thousand of dollars of your tax money to help make a new documentary. The film profiles the shrimping industry that generates millions of dollars for Southwest Florida. WINK News got a sneak peek at "Pink Gold Rush."

The video trailer highlights a one hour documentary, called Pink Gold Rush." It's exploring the reality of the shrimping industry, and digs deep into the hearts of shrimpers and their families.

"It seriously is considered one of the tastiest shrimps in the world and to support the local industry," said Barbara Linstrom, Executive Producer for Television and New Media for WGCU.

The crew is tracing the evolution of pink shrimp that started in 1949, through it's boom period in the 70's, to now.

"We're hoping to inform people that, to be educated to ask for 'pink shrimp'... are you serving the local pink shrimp, to support the shrimp and the shrimp fleet?" said Linstrom.

Early on, hundreds of shrimp boats could be seen on San Carlos Island, but today, the fleet is diminishing, the dynamics are changing, and just about 40 remain.

"These days they are finding what they call a 60-mile dead zone out there, so they are having to go out to the dry Tortugas to find shrimp."

"Pink Gold Rush" also uncovers that not all local restaurants carry the shrimp caught by these shrimpers who set out on 30 day voyages. They are now competing with from foreign imports.

John Medlock says he will watch the film, to gain a greater understanding of this American tradition.

"Two thumbs up, we need to hear more about the shrimping industry around here."

WGCU is asking the Town of Fort Myers Beach to fund $6,000 of the $36,000 project. A final decision will come later this month.. The film would air in April.

To make a donation to help fund the film, log onto wgcu.org and click support.

You can also contact Terry Brennen at 239-590-2366.