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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

May 22, 2015 Berry Berkel
May 21, 2015 Melissa Allen
May 21, 2015 julie hampel
May 20, 2015 Georgette Lebel
May 20, 2015 kay joy
May 20, 2015 Cherrell Ollierou
May 20, 2015 Paweł Rusak
May 20, 2015 Christine Coons
May 20, 2015 Sallie Wood
May 19, 2015 Jim Malone
May 18, 2015 Ljubomir Manola
May 17, 2015 michelle turner
May 17, 2015 Debby Cash
May 17, 2015 Terry Keck
May 16, 2015 catherine anderson
May 15, 2015 Michele Denham
May 15, 2015 Suzanne English
May 15, 2015 Sue Waterman
May 15, 2015 Angela Ferrari
May 15, 2015 Silvina Ares
May 15, 2015 Liz Power
May 15, 2015 Rachael Pappano
May 14, 2015 Holli DuShane
May 14, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2015 Dawn McCaleb
May 13, 2015 Hillary Culver
May 12, 2015 Tasha Pung Please stop killing the coral reef! Its a living thing and part of our ecosystem for a reason. God doesn't make mistakes.
May 12, 2015 G SIMMONS
May 12, 2015 Patricia Green
May 12, 2015 Carla Dongo
May 12, 2015 Gypsy crakes
May 11, 2015 Jennifer Graham
May 11, 2015 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
May 11, 2015 Kris McClain
May 10, 2015 Rick Hunt
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May 10, 2015 Heather Voss
May 9, 2015 donna johnson
May 9, 2015 Valerie Pernod
May 9, 2015 molly brown
May 9, 2015 sonsire vale
May 8, 2015 Gladys Sawyer
May 8, 2015 Sabrina Simington
May 8, 2015 Valerie Allen
May 8, 2015 Clyde Atwood
May 8, 2015 Maren Northway
May 8, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
May 8, 2015 Elise Buffie
May 8, 2015 Lynn Fountain
May 8, 2015 Gary Lindorff

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