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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 18, 2017 Dawn Coutts
Apr 18, 2017 Julie Holt
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 16, 2017 Elvira Trebesius
Apr 15, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 12, 2017 Jackie Fehr-Krahn
Apr 12, 2017 Gail Cooper
Apr 11, 2017 Patricia Silva
Apr 11, 2017 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 11, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Apr 10, 2017 erek king
Apr 10, 2017 Alyssa Walls
Apr 9, 2017 Rachel Taberner
Apr 9, 2017 I. meszaros
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia
Apr 7, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Apr 6, 2017 Lori Santos
Apr 5, 2017 Susan Fisher
Apr 5, 2017 Caterina Raviglione
Apr 4, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Apr 4, 2017 kayla craft
Apr 4, 2017 Pamela Rogers
Apr 4, 2017 matthew robinson
Apr 4, 2017 sylvia craft
Apr 4, 2017 Sónia Salgueiro
Apr 3, 2017 Marla Harrod
Apr 3, 2017 Tyler Gallagher
Apr 3, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Apr 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Apr 2, 2017 debbi pratt
Apr 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2017 France vigouroux
Apr 1, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Apr 1, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Apr 1, 2017 barbara ehrlich
Apr 1, 2017 Ruth Fichtner Mag. Dr.
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 30, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Mar 29, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Mar 28, 2017 Robert Ortiz
Mar 26, 2017 Jim Spooner
Mar 25, 2017 DIANA POE-PIERSOLL As a former Kauai resident, I implore you to end this horrific practice.
Mar 25, 2017 linda farrar
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Janet Coleman

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