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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

Oct 24, 2014 Sarah McLaughlin
Oct 24, 2014 Lorena Songcayawon
Oct 24, 2014 Jennifer Miller
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Oct 23, 2014 Kris Ramos
Oct 23, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 23, 2014 Gunn-Hege Steinnes
Oct 23, 2014 Megan McDonell We need to help save what we have left of this beautiful planet .. 🌎✌️💙
Oct 23, 2014 Julia Mladenova
Oct 23, 2014 Andrea Harrison
Oct 23, 2014 Stacy Thurman
Oct 23, 2014 Maria Cline
Oct 23, 2014 John Vermillion
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Oct 23, 2014 Gina Glassman
Oct 23, 2014 Steve Ledger
Oct 23, 2014 Kelli Klippenstein
Oct 23, 2014 Charlotte Hoskins
Oct 22, 2014 Laura ten Seldam
Oct 22, 2014 Bonnie Rotz Please stop fish collectors from taking fish from the Coral Reef and selling them! This is brave to the fish and their habitat.. Something needs to be done to stop this before the Coral Reef is destroyed. We need to save our natural resources!!
Oct 22, 2014 Oriana Fisher
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