DMR boats go for more than $120K; valued at $630K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources received 26 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell.

The bids were opened today. The high bid for the 42-foot Californian was $86,600; the high big for the 36-foot Topaz was $38,614.

Officials will review the bids for about a week and could sell the boats as early as next week.

The DMR received the boats from a foundation started by former executive director Bill Walker. DMR leased the boats from the Mississippi Marine Resources Foundation for several years and spent more than $1.4 million for equipment and repairs on the boats.

A lot of the equipment — all of the electronics — has been removed from the boats.

The boats were valued at $350,000 and $280,000 for insurance purposes.

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