August 22, 2017


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(Tampa, FL) August 22, 2017 – Hannibal Bolton received the Emmeline Moore Prize today at the 2017 American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. AFS President Joe Margraf presented the award at the meeting’s plenary session. The Emmeline Moore Prize recognizes the efforts of an individual Society member who has demonstrated exemplary service to the cause of equal opportunity of access to higher education in fisheries and/or professional development in any of the disciplines of fisheries science or management. The award is named for Emmeline Moore, the first female President of the Society, who served from 1927 to 1928.

“We applaud the distinguished contributions of Hannibal Bolton and thank him for his service to the fisheries profession,” said AFS President Joe Margraf.

Hannibal dedicated his 45-year career in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to leadership in fisheries management and increasing diversity in the fisheries field.

Hannibal successfully recruited a generation of African Americans to leadership positions in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including Dr. Mamie Parker, recipient of last year’s Emmeline Moore Prize. As president of the endowment fund for the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and advisor to the school’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Program, he recruited dozens of African American students into private, State, and Federal fisheries programs.

In fisheries management, the list of Hannibal’s leadership is expansive. He led in the creation of the National Fish Passage Program, one of the first programs in the federal government to target removal of barriers to fish passage. Hannibal also co-founded the National Fish Habitat Partnership and led in the establishment of successful partnerships.

In 2003, Hannibal’s leadership was acknowledged by AFS through his induction into the Fisheries Management Hall of Fame.

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About AFS: Founded in 1870, the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest fisheries science society. The mission of AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. With five journals and numerous books and conferences, AFS is the leading source of fisheries science and management information in North America and around the world.