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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 23, 2014 Marjatta Hartzell Oforji
Jul 23, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 23, 2014 riitta hietanen Please guard these precious waters from plunder!
Jul 23, 2014 sharon middleton
Jul 23, 2014 Lisa Reynolds
Jul 23, 2014 Tracy Mallon
Jul 23, 2014 Ma Virginia Rivera
Jul 23, 2014 Cliff Nakahara
Jul 23, 2014 VERA PERES
Jul 23, 2014 Stephanie Feyne
Jul 23, 2014 Kayla Snyder
Jul 23, 2014 J.M. Stone
Jul 23, 2014 Nancy C. Stone
Jul 22, 2014 Philippe Raymakers
Jul 22, 2014 Britany Bekina
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Mari Maldonado
Jul 22, 2014 Sally Wright
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Elona Ertner
Jul 21, 2014 Stephanie Miranda
Jul 21, 2014 TINA MARTIN
Jul 21, 2014 Majella Gee
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Susan Fizer
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Dennise J.
Jul 21, 2014 Anne Skag Storheim
Jul 21, 2014 Felicia Edefur
Jul 21, 2014 Pamela Vulte Save the coral reefs and the global oceans' life forms.
Jul 21, 2014 Doug Bartmann
Jul 21, 2014 Victoria Valenza
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 marla armstrong
Jul 20, 2014 Aleksandra Athanasiou
Jul 20, 2014 Rolaine Bird
Jul 20, 2014 Dennis Woolley
Jul 20, 2014 Macyle Candela
Jul 19, 2014 Debra Huffman
Jul 19, 2014 Leslie Hickcox
Jul 19, 2014 YUNUEN FRANCO
Jul 19, 2014 Linda Remington
Jul 19, 2014 Chris Holtzhausen
Jul 19, 2014 Kelli Reynolds
Jul 19, 2014 K. Pussa
Jul 19, 2014 emma rugari
Jul 19, 2014 michele king
Jul 19, 2014 sandra seary

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