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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

Jun 24, 2017 Nathan Fisher
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Jun 23, 2017 DONNA WARNER
Jun 22, 2017 sirena green
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Thanassis Tartas
Jun 21, 2017 Ellen Prior
Jun 21, 2017 Justina Lane
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow
Jun 21, 2017 Theresa Kamensky
Jun 21, 2017 Jennifer Rier
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Jun 17, 2017 Barbara Swinderman
Jun 15, 2017 Andrew Vallender
Jun 15, 2017 Barbara Dincau
Jun 15, 2017 Salaheddin Moustafa
Jun 14, 2017 Jennifer Phillips
Jun 13, 2017 Mark Berriman
Jun 13, 2017 Karen McHugh
Jun 10, 2017 Fern Walker
Jun 9, 2017 Stephanie Brake
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Lisa Hamilton
Jun 9, 2017 Alson Sachs
Jun 8, 2017 Julie Miller
Jun 8, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 8, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 8, 2017 Kris Peterson
Jun 8, 2017 Leslie McIntyre
Jun 8, 2017 Tina Hartman
Jun 8, 2017 Pati Jio
Jun 8, 2017 Sharon brink
Jun 6, 2017 Maiko Kushida
Jun 5, 2017 Samantha Manso
Jun 5, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Jun 4, 2017 jill alibrandi
Jun 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2017 Cynthia Huffman when the reefs and fish vanish what then? stop this NOW and keep our oceans and marine life where it belongs in the ocean not tanks for to make money on
Jun 3, 2017 Frédéric Jaubert
Jun 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2017 Jacqueline Rule
Jun 3, 2017 Linda Ferland
Jun 2, 2017 emily rhinier
Jun 2, 2017 Jeremy Wadston
Jun 1, 2017 (Name not displayed) Protect our wildlife
Jun 1, 2017 KC Friedfeld
Jun 1, 2017 Barbara Buttram
Jun 1, 2017 Georgianna Tack
Jun 1, 2017 NECOLE COOK

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