Hannibal Bolton is a 38 plus-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
He is currently the Assistant Director for the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program in Washington, DC. He is charged with the administration and oversight of federal grant programs, including the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs, State and Tribal Wildlife Grants, and the Coastal Impact Assistance Program. These grant programs provide hundreds of millions of funding yearly to help the States, insular areas and the District of Columbia conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide.
Prior to his present position, he was the Chief, Division of Fish & Wildlife Management and Habitat Restoration within the Services’ National Programs Offices in Arlington, VA. In that capacity, he expanded the Partners for the Fish and Wildlife and Coastal Programs, established the Services' National Fish Passage Program, and helped found and launch the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.
Before moving to Washington, DC, he served as the Deputy Assistant Regional Director for the Fisheries Program in the Great Lakes Big Rivers Region. In this position he was responsible for policy development and implementation involving fish management conservation activities, as well as tribal and hatchery issues, within the eight states comprising the region. His scope of management encompassed seventeen field stations. Leading up to this position, he served in several technical fisheries positions as staff biologist, assistant project leader, project leader, and regional fisheries associate manager in states such as Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Iowa.