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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

Jun 25, 2016 Jillyanne Downs
Jun 24, 2016 Stacey Macisaac
Jun 24, 2016 Cathy Sikes
Jun 24, 2016 Katrina Shortridge
Jun 22, 2016 Stephanie Linam If the fish already in captivity cannot be bred and must be captured live, then they don't need to be kept in captivity. The price is just too high.
Jun 22, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 22, 2016 Joan Welte
Jun 22, 2016 Ursula Kiefert
Jun 19, 2016 RENATA FLIS
Jun 18, 2016 Bruce Batchelor
Jun 17, 2016 holly Colbert We have got to start caring.
Jun 15, 2016 Tracy Kearnes
Jun 14, 2016 John Chambers
Jun 14, 2016 MORERA Valérie
Jun 14, 2016 Lucy Kelly
Jun 13, 2016 Marie Hutchens
Jun 13, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Jun 13, 2016 Martina Riordon
Jun 13, 2016 adrian bennett
Jun 12, 2016 julie mantua
Jun 11, 2016 Geri Roggiero
Jun 11, 2016 Darcia hurst
Jun 11, 2016 Valentina Rossini
Jun 11, 2016 Audrey GEOFFROY
Jun 10, 2016 牧瀬 千佳
Jun 10, 2016 Karina Otero Half-Earth Project - - Respect nature! Respect life! Respect yourself! - Thanks!
Jun 10, 2016 Tracy Sherrer
Jun 10, 2016 Althea Kippes
Jun 10, 2016 Rudy Best
Jun 10, 2016 Sherry Horne Taylor
Jun 9, 2016 karine tremblay
Jun 8, 2016 Maeryn Boirionnach
Jun 7, 2016 natalia ilina
Jun 7, 2016 Sylvie MALLEVAL
Jun 6, 2016 Marilyn Saunders
Jun 6, 2016 Elena Babkin
Jun 6, 2016 Dawn Malone
Jun 6, 2016 Laura Iglesias de Oliveira
Jun 6, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Jun 3, 2016 AniMae Chi
Jun 2, 2016 Karla Price
Jun 2, 2016 Esther Clayson
Jun 2, 2016 Christian Schelthoff
Jun 1, 2016 Johanna Bialostosky
May 31, 2016 Barbara Kisel This must not be allowed to continue.
May 31, 2016 Susan Brittain
May 31, 2016 adrienne bergeron
May 30, 2016 Margaret Vernon

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