DMR is selling 2 large boats

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is selling two large fishing vessels once owned by the foundation run by DMR's former director.

The vessels are a 36-foot Topaz and a 42-foot Californian. They are docked in Biloxi and are worth an estimated $400,000. A classified ad says DMR is soliciting sealed bids for the vessels until Monday, July 15.

The Marine Resources Foundation run by ex-DMR director Dr. Bill Walker had leased the two boats to DMR for several years at a cost of more than $1 million. Walker was fired earlier this year as state and federal investigations into DMR spending practices became public.

The new DMR director Jamie Miller told WLOX News in April that the agency had no intentions of keeping the two fishing vessel which were used to take state lawmakers, other elected officials and influential citizens on fishing trips.

The bids for the two vessels will be opened on Tuesday, July 16 at the Commission of Marine Resources meeting.

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