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When handled humanely, aquariums can offer a glimpse into teeming marine ecosystems we may never otherwise be able to see.

Unfortunately humane handling of sea animals for aquariums isn't always the case, as in Hawaii, where ocean wildlife collectors ignore the well being of coral reef fish and remove them from their natural habitats.

The fish are taken swiftly out of the water without regard to pressure changes or the stress it might cause. And poor water quality results when large amounts of fish are put into cramped holding tanks. Many of the fish die before they reach the destination.

Hawaii doesn't have any laws to protect wildlife that thrives on coral — even if thousands of fish die in a collector's care, there's nothing anyone can do.

Urge Hawaii to draft strong legislation against the collection of reef wildlife and the decimation of the coral reef ecosystem.

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Dear Governor Neil Abercrombie:

The state of Hawaii needs to strengthen its ocean wildlife protection laws.

As it stands, there are no regulations in place that monitor how many fish are being extracted from their environments and how these animals are being treated.

It means that collectors can use any method they wish to remove as many animals as they want from coral reef ecosystems. They often capture hundreds of fish in a net from deep below the surface and bring them up without regard to the pressure change. As a result the fish can suffer the bends, just as a human would without proper equalization techniques. The fish can also die of shock to their systems as well as contaminated water as a result of cramped tanks.

These fish are also vital components of their natural habitats, so the whole reef suffers if its living organisms are removed in large quantities.

Please address this problem by creating legislation that would regulate the collection of reef animals as well as require proper, humane methods in caring for these creatures.

The future of Hawaii's precious coral reefs depends on it.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Apr 15, 2018 Julie Wilkes Protect
Apr 15, 2018 Audrey Glenski
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Daniel Kaula
Apr 10, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Apr 10, 2018 Kimberley Clack
Apr 10, 2018 Rose Ann Hayes
Apr 9, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 6, 2018 Paul Henderson
Apr 6, 2018 Abdullah Goldstein
Apr 6, 2018 ely jahan
Apr 5, 2018 M Hynes
Apr 5, 2018 Mariah Oyondi
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Shabbott
Apr 5, 2018 Cheryl Weaver
Apr 5, 2018 Abderrahmane mekhfi
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Nance Epstein
Apr 5, 2018 Michele Jankelow
Apr 3, 2018 Monika Saluter
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Apr 1, 2018 Maritza Cabezas
Mar 31, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 28, 2018 Lesley Adamson Fish, like all animals belong in their environment.
Mar 27, 2018 Olga Sebok
Mar 27, 2018 dymphna agos
Mar 27, 2018 debra myers Fish are important part of our ecosystem lets not ruin what beauty we have!
Mar 27, 2018 Patricia Shawe
Mar 26, 2018 Sandra Kuschel
Mar 26, 2018 barbara gale
Mar 25, 2018 S. Parker
Mar 25, 2018 Erin Sackmann
Mar 25, 2018 Sofi Nordstrom
Mar 25, 2018 caryn freedman
Mar 25, 2018 Julie Strong
Mar 25, 2018 Charlotte Mullen
Mar 25, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Mar 25, 2018 William Schultz
Mar 25, 2018 veronique Charvet
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Allen
Mar 24, 2018 Kate Ravenstein
Mar 23, 2018 Helgaleena Healingline
Mar 23, 2018 Robert Furem
Mar 22, 2018 Katherine Okulewicz
Mar 21, 2018 Laura Warner
Mar 21, 2018 Simona Bergman
Mar 20, 2018 Donnette Dominguez
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa Delabre

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