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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

Aug 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Aug 22, 2017 Shona Steere
Aug 21, 2017 Jodi Bandola
Aug 21, 2017 Anne Bekkers
Aug 20, 2017 Padraic Boocock
Aug 20, 2017 Melissa Bird
Aug 19, 2017 tamatha hunter
Aug 18, 2017 Anna Mai Van
Aug 15, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 14, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Aug 14, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 12, 2017 adriana cavallo
Aug 11, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Aug 10, 2017 maria carranza
Aug 10, 2017 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 10, 2017 Ellen Seeherman
Aug 10, 2017 Judith Sloane
Aug 10, 2017 Fern Swecker
Aug 10, 2017 jeff harteam
Aug 10, 2017 Kathy Woods
Aug 10, 2017 jennifer pies
Aug 8, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 8, 2017 whitney hendrix
Aug 7, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 7, 2017 anita moss
Aug 7, 2017 Virginia Boehne
Aug 7, 2017 Stefanie Wieland
Aug 3, 2017 J. Scott
Aug 2, 2017 Tamela Johnson It is imperative that we protect these coral reef communities and the creatures that reside there....ASAP
Aug 2, 2017 Ornella Micone
Jul 31, 2017 Meg Blanchard
Jul 31, 2017 Lance Holliman
Jul 29, 2017 Irene Bollington
Jul 29, 2017 Claire Anderson
Jul 28, 2017 kay groce
Jul 28, 2017 tammy bullock
Jul 28, 2017 kim notton
Jul 27, 2017 Sheila Massoni stop now
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby
Jul 23, 2017 Mariam Michaela
Jul 23, 2017 tami mccready
Jul 22, 2017 paulo sisinno
Jul 22, 2017 Miranda Gutierrez
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson Don't buy fish
Jul 22, 2017 Sara Willis
Jul 22, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 21, 2017 Virgil Pauls
Jul 20, 2017 Elizabeth Hurlbut
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben

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