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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

Jan 21, 2018 Linda givens
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Jan 3, 2018 Sandra Zeigler
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Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
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Dec 13, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 19, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 19, 2017 Robin Abbott !!SIGNED!!
Nov 19, 2017 Carol Cresswell
Nov 19, 2017 stacy brainard
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Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 15, 2017 Arlene Fullaway
Nov 14, 2017 Beata Morgunova
Nov 13, 2017 Lois Grosshans
Nov 12, 2017 Diana Monks
Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 Elena Newton
Nov 11, 2017 Donna Frizzell
Nov 11, 2017 Yael Saydon
Nov 10, 2017 Judy Spielmacher
Nov 9, 2017 Mary Whitcomb
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Nov 8, 2017 Marcia Tomka
Nov 6, 2017 Claudia Wuendrich
Nov 5, 2017 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 3, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Nov 3, 2017 Tatiana Shelenga
Nov 2, 2017 Tracey Maunder
Nov 2, 2017 jane leavitt
Nov 2, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Nov 1, 2017 Laura LaRocca
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Oct 30, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Oct 30, 2017 keith Hiley
Oct 30, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Oct 29, 2017 Terri L. Robb
Oct 29, 2017 Mary Fox
Oct 29, 2017 Patti Challis
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 27, 2017 Cathy Dennler
Oct 26, 2017 ilse Maene
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