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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

Nov 29, 2015 Mel Culligan
Nov 28, 2015 Camile Dionne-West
Nov 27, 2015 maria soares
Nov 27, 2015 Holly E
Nov 27, 2015 Elizabeth Hale
Nov 27, 2015 Maja Lacković
Nov 26, 2015 Tara LaBrie
Nov 26, 2015 michael smith
Nov 24, 2015 Ivan Brewer
Nov 24, 2015 tia calhoun
Nov 24, 2015 Michel Ernemann
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Nov 23, 2015 Brittany sheldon
Nov 22, 2015 Martha Garrett-Speer
Nov 21, 2015 David Spafford
Nov 21, 2015 Jessica Andrews
Nov 20, 2015 Rosa Pereira
Nov 20, 2015 Dwight Kennedy
Nov 19, 2015 nancy salcedo
Nov 19, 2015 Kyla Clark
Nov 19, 2015 Sue Green
Nov 19, 2015 Laura Gustoson
Nov 19, 2015 Tim O'Neill
Nov 19, 2015 Margo Converse
Nov 16, 2015 Ludka Prestwood
Nov 16, 2015 Kendra Baughn
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 15, 2015 Denise Kobylarz Hawaii needs to do everything it can to protect that is exclusively Hawaii. Once the coral dies - it's gone forever and the tourist dollars you enjoy? They'll be gone too. Enact regulations now, before it's too late.
Nov 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2015 Barbara Lucier
Nov 15, 2015 Sue Wetherell
Nov 12, 2015 lisa muryn
Nov 11, 2015 Tracy Riley
Nov 10, 2015 Vesta Burnett
Nov 10, 2015 Arlene Longson
Nov 10, 2015 Alper Arslan
Nov 10, 2015 VIER EVA
Nov 9, 2015 Alexander Abel
Nov 9, 2015 Patricia Morgan
Nov 9, 2015 Melissa Elder
Nov 9, 2015 sarika arora
Nov 9, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Nov 9, 2015 kathleen conroy
Nov 8, 2015 Alexander Dolowitz
Nov 8, 2015 Lynda Robinson
Nov 7, 2015 melody O'Connor
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Nov 6, 2015 Rebecca Britton
Nov 6, 2015 Robina Ingram-Rich

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