Biloxi's Golden Fisherman to Return

By:  Keith Burton   GCN Editor   10/31/16

On this Halloween Eve everyone should get some good news to go with the ghosts and goblins. The City of Biloxi and the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum are working hard to bring back the "Golden Fisherman" statue to Point Cadet.

The statue has been out of the public eye since it was torn down by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and cut up by thieves shortly thereafter. But perhaps by the end of this year, the restored statue of a beak-nosed golden fisherman will be back.

Since its recovery, the statue and its parts have been kept in a city warehouse but now efforts by the staff at the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum to restore the statue are bearing fruit and the funds to restore the Golden Fisherman nears.

The city-owned statue, which weighed more than a ton and once stood more than 17 feet tall, had been stolen from Point Cadet Plaza. The golden figure of a beak-nosed fisherman, with outstretched arms hoisting a castnet, had been damaged and knocked off its pedestal by Hurricane Katrina.

Although known as the Golden Fisherman, the hollow statue was believed to be constructed of phosphor bronzes, or tin bronzes, which are alloys containing copper, tin and phosphorous, which resisted corrosion. Ocean Springs artist Harry Reeks, who the city commissioned to create the statue in 1975.

 A new sculptor still needs to be hired and a design for a new pedestal fountain designed. 

Money for the work is nearly in place with $55,000 already raised.

Background on the statue

---To read about the city’s pre-Katrina initiative to refurbish the statue site and update the names of the Biloxi seafood families on its pedestal, click here.