A cherished part of Biloxi's seafood history is missing. City leaders say the beloved Golden Fisherman Statue has apparently been stolen.
The statue was last seen Saturday afternoon on the former site of the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.
City officials are desperately trying to retrieve this historic statue that stood as a tribute to South Mississippi's seafood industry.
Lifted from the View Marche, taken to Point Cadet, knocked down by Katrina, and now missing.
"To take something like this, you are not just taking a piece of property, you are taking a piece of history," said Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel.
Creel, like many others is shocked and puzzled by the statues sudden absence.
"Its just unimaginable that someone would take a sacred part of our culture and of our history," said Cree.
That sentiment is shared by Biloxi's Mayor.
"Its just amazing to me that someone would have the gall to move the Fisherman from the point," said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway.
The Golden Fisherman stood 16 feet tall and weighed more than a ton. To move the statue would be no easy task.
Mayor Holloway believes whoever took it, thought long and hard about their plan of action.
"You don't just go pick up something like that. Somebody had to plan it. Or cut it up or have something to pick it up and move it," said Mayor Holloway.
Holloway is planning on taking swift action to secure the statue's return.
"I am going to recommend at least a $15,000 reward for the conviction of whoever did this," said Mayor Holloway.
Tourist Jimmy Burkhamer says perhaps the city should be more careful with such precious artifacts.
"They need to really put people out watching for the things that are important. Because they do have scavengers that are out looking for things to take," said Burkhamer.
"Maybe they thought it was copper, which is a precious metal. Or maybe they thought it was gold since it was called the Golden fisherman," said Creel.
If that was the case, whoever the culprit is, they are in for a disappointing surprise.
"I know why they did it, for the value of the scrap. But the statue was made from melted down metal from shrimp boats," said Mayor Holloway.
Spokesman Vincent Creel says the city didn't move the damaged statue from the area because they simply had no place else to put it.
Creel also says a fence was set to go up in that area this week.
Anyone with information regarding the statue's disappearance is asked to call the Biloxi Police Department 392-0641.