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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 20, 2014 Debbie Horn
Oct 18, 2014 Kelly Floro
Oct 18, 2014 Andrew Docherty
Oct 16, 2014 Linda Reidy
Oct 16, 2014 Yael Shimshon
Oct 16, 2014 Anne Aerts
Oct 16, 2014 Nina Røstad
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 jennifer greenidge
Oct 15, 2014 Lynda Stewart
Oct 15, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 15, 2014 Sharon Throop PLEASE! As a former resident of Hawaii, I feel it is so very, very important that you do all you can to protect our coral reefs!
Oct 15, 2014 anna halkiadis
Oct 15, 2014 Robyn Cavill
Oct 14, 2014 sandy moore
Oct 14, 2014 Stefano Fuschetto
Oct 14, 2014 amandine piedvache
Oct 14, 2014 Janet Magdaleno
Oct 14, 2014 Omar Aragón
Oct 14, 2014 Lisa Hill
Oct 14, 2014 gerry baker
Oct 13, 2014 Cheryl Hanks-Hicks
Oct 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2014 Darlene Schueler
Oct 13, 2014 Laura Roberts Garcia
Oct 13, 2014 hale ebrahimi
Oct 13, 2014 Eric Luu
Oct 13, 2014 Sasha Shapiro
Oct 13, 2014 Laura Harris
Oct 13, 2014 Sheila Moody
Oct 13, 2014 Cathie Hinshaw
Oct 13, 2014 Jennifer Gage
Oct 13, 2014 Ellen Buchanan
Oct 13, 2014 janice hanninen
Oct 13, 2014 alenka soban
Oct 13, 2014 Carol Rohr
Oct 13, 2014 Laurene Kapinos
Oct 13, 2014 Micheline Mauvis
Oct 13, 2014 Patricia Marinaccio
Oct 12, 2014 Cheryl Fergeson
Oct 12, 2014 vicky wesney
Oct 11, 2014 Patricia Hodge
Oct 11, 2014 sandra wanamaker
Oct 11, 2014 Margherita Polia
Oct 10, 2014 Riccardo Polia
Oct 10, 2014 mauffrey magali
Oct 10, 2014 Candan Özbek
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