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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

Dec 6, 2016 Jennifer Rowland
Dec 6, 2016 Joyce Haskins
Dec 6, 2016 Janine Vinton
Dec 6, 2016 Stephanie Warning
Dec 6, 2016 Linda Leckliter
Dec 6, 2016 Mike Amick
Dec 6, 2016 jean-jacques nameche
Dec 6, 2016 Maelie Bugat
Dec 6, 2016 sarahbeth brannnen
Dec 6, 2016 PRESTAT Nelly
Dec 6, 2016 Ansie Olivier
Dec 6, 2016 Lucille Lietzau
Dec 6, 2016 Sanand D
Dec 5, 2016 Grazia Gambalunga
Dec 5, 2016 Basabi Banerjee
Dec 5, 2016 James Tillotson
Dec 5, 2016 Joanna Behrens
Dec 5, 2016 Susan Schmidt
Dec 5, 2016 Martina Behla
Dec 5, 2016 Javier Beraza
Dec 5, 2016 Charlene Sipe
Dec 5, 2016 gabriela seabra
Dec 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please protect our ocean and all the living creatures that call it home. It is essential to our survival.
Dec 5, 2016 Johana Bolaños
Dec 5, 2016 Jose Antonio Velasco
Dec 5, 2016 Delimir Papic
Dec 5, 2016 Suzana Grozaj
Dec 5, 2016 Kelly Wilson
Dec 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2016 Susan Beam-Gilleland
Dec 4, 2016 gemma gaffney Please defend the animals who inhabit our coral reefs from the inhumane and irresponsible collection practices presently used. This ecosystem needs our protection.
Dec 4, 2016 Philip Douglas
Dec 4, 2016 Sue Hall
Dec 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2016 Sonia Vand
Dec 4, 2016 Margarita Contreras
Dec 4, 2016 Sharon Mullane
Dec 4, 2016 Mary McAuliffe
Dec 4, 2016 Jewel Dawson
Dec 4, 2016 Roberta Lykins
Dec 4, 2016 Harold Lykins
Dec 4, 2016 Barbara James We must do all we can to protect our precious wildlife and our essential environment !
Dec 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2016 Nancy Warner
Dec 4, 2016 Julie Wiebe
Dec 4, 2016 donna lee brannen
Dec 3, 2016 Emiliana Ribeiadio
Dec 3, 2016 Federico Barbera
Dec 3, 2016 Gloria Tripp
Dec 3, 2016 Margot Orton

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