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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

Jul 2, 2015 Andrea Giza-O'Neill
Jul 2, 2015 Alexandra D'Cruz
Jul 1, 2015 Disa Hovatta
Jul 1, 2015 Ian Miller
Jul 1, 2015 Alicia Watson
Jul 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2015 Kelli Lysz
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 Beth Blakeman
Jun 28, 2015 Nicola Wellbelove
Jun 27, 2015 Jacob Yoss
Jun 27, 2015 nari gottlieb
Jun 25, 2015 Kim Decker
Jun 25, 2015 Pansy Chun
Jun 25, 2015 Gail Chun I was born and raised in Hawaii and I am a marine biologist. Please protect Hawaii's marine animals and ecosystems. Mahalo nui!
Jun 25, 2015 L. Horibata
Jun 25, 2015 Stelios Armenis woohaah!
Jun 25, 2015 Alicja Bożek
Jun 25, 2015 Nicholin Wagner Quackenbush Please do all YOU can do to save all the reefs and their denizens from death and destruction. Once they are gone, they can never be replaced. Stop the cruelty and regulate the reefs with ocean wildlife protection laws that really are strong and enforced.
Jun 24, 2015 Marta Canca Velasco
Jun 24, 2015 Amber Mariscal
Jun 23, 2015 Connie Newcombe Please Strengthen your Ocean Wildlife Plan to Protect the Coral Reef Ecosystems!!!
Jun 23, 2015 Christian Wegenschimmel
Jun 23, 2015 Darlene Jesson
Jun 23, 2015 terry thompson
Jun 23, 2015 Robin Acton
Jun 23, 2015 Henriette Just Nielsen
Jun 23, 2015 Kaitlin Kennedy
Jun 23, 2015 Diane Ratcliffe
Jun 22, 2015 TERR EVE
Jun 22, 2015 Steven Martin
Jun 22, 2015 Sarah Luth
Jun 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2015 Jackie Bade
Jun 22, 2015 Connie Manning
Jun 22, 2015 Jan Gloyd
Jun 22, 2015 Adina Ioana Iancu
Jun 20, 2015 mary amundson
Jun 20, 2015 Sara Anne Maguire
Jun 19, 2015 Celina Silva
Jun 18, 2015 Ronna Russell
Jun 18, 2015 Sue Wilson
Jun 17, 2015 magali martin
Jun 17, 2015 Dawna Dorcas
Jun 17, 2015 Jamie Pazsak Save the Coral Reef
Jun 17, 2015 David Sickles
Jun 17, 2015 John Hila
Jun 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2015 Lynda Whitehouse

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