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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 29, 2014 Matias Fuertes
Jul 29, 2014 debbie mason
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 28, 2014 Yesenia Kurtzweil
Jul 28, 2014 Kat Apichachaipong
Jul 28, 2014 barb varellas
Jul 28, 2014 RICK VAGNINI Instead of Finding Nemo,maybe you should find a new hobby.
Jul 28, 2014 Sarah DeVoe
Jul 28, 2014 Jacqueline Olsen Because your coral reefs draw so many visitors to your state, it seems very shortsighted to permit this practice to continue.
Jul 28, 2014 olga lira
Jul 28, 2014 Shannon Erickson
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Amy Vyrostek
Jul 28, 2014 B W
Jul 28, 2014 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
Jul 28, 2014 Jeffrey Bains
Jul 28, 2014 Terry Helman
Jul 28, 2014 Lacey Velvet
Jul 28, 2014 Geri Allegre
Jul 28, 2014 Archie Neilson
Jul 28, 2014 Toni Peters
Jul 28, 2014 Carmen Duhatschek
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 David Laramie
Jul 28, 2014 Christine Lyons-Aubrey
Jul 28, 2014 Valerie Farrell
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Claire Burdett
Jul 27, 2014 Wendy Olek
Jul 27, 2014 nicole shaffer
Jul 27, 2014 Erik Aikele If the Coral Reefs die so do many Fishes and other Habitat that rely on Coral Reefs.
Jul 27, 2014 Tina anier Please stop destroying the sea
Jul 26, 2014 Margarita Solis
Jul 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2014 Carole Morrad
Jul 25, 2014 Amadeus Xephyros
Jul 25, 2014 Virginia Culbert
Jul 25, 2014 Renate Weinhappl
Jul 24, 2014 Shana Mokuau
Jul 24, 2014 beth borden
Jul 24, 2014 Alicia Gasparini
Jul 24, 2014 Jacqueline Okuhara
Jul 24, 2014 Rosy Morales
Jul 24, 2014 Thomas Gourley
Jul 24, 2014 LILLY POWERS
Jul 24, 2014 norma nelson
Jul 24, 2014 Brian Reynolds
Jul 24, 2014 Laura Horning

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