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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 25, 2015 Tomislava Ciglenjak Please protect our coral reefs for current and future generations.
Jan 25, 2015 juanita patrick
Jan 25, 2015 Claudio Screpanti
Jan 24, 2015 Mairin Barclay
Jan 24, 2015 Deirdre Fitzsimmons
Jan 24, 2015 Lukas Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Gabriel Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Zachary Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Gudrun Garcia
Jan 24, 2015 Cristina Fiorillo
Jan 24, 2015 Jody Mahnken
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2015 Isabelle Jacques
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2015 Jill Hammer
Jan 23, 2015 Angela Thomas
Jan 23, 2015 Kathy Aprile
Jan 23, 2015 Christine Anderson
Jan 23, 2015 Mercedes Batalla Please help this fish! Help preserve the beauty of the world!
Jan 23, 2015 Jocelyne de CHAVIGNY
Jan 23, 2015 Johan Claeson
Jan 23, 2015 susan mckinney
Jan 23, 2015 Dorothy Hubbard
Jan 23, 2015 vicki hood
Jan 22, 2015 Susan LeibyPadlo
Jan 22, 2015 Michał Bielan
Jan 22, 2015 dorinda clegg
Jan 22, 2015 Aimee Merino
Jan 22, 2015 Linda reming
Jan 22, 2015 conny poynter
Jan 22, 2015 Alu Frédéric
Jan 22, 2015 Michelle Barann
Jan 22, 2015 Elaine Goodrich
Jan 22, 2015 Jenny Johansson Fish should live in the sea, not in aquariums!
Jan 22, 2015 Donna Carl
Jan 22, 2015 Deborah Brant
Jan 22, 2015 Isabela Calin
Jan 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2015 Elli Diemer
Jan 22, 2015 Mark Hughes
Jan 22, 2015 samuel woodard
Jan 22, 2015 Malin Pettersson
Jan 22, 2015 Luis Fernandes We already take our oceans for granted and dump enough garbage into them! Why not let the fish stay where they live !
Jan 22, 2015 Emilie LOPEZ
Jan 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2015 Timothy Gentle
Jan 22, 2015 Kramer Fry

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