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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

Aug 4, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
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Aug 4, 2015 Donna Hedrick
Aug 4, 2015 Susan Krauss
Aug 3, 2015 Corinne Ogren-Engeli
Aug 3, 2015 key klaus
Aug 3, 2015 Kristian Willems
Aug 3, 2015 Cheryl Brittingham
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Aug 3, 2015 Luther E. Franklin
Aug 3, 2015 Kimberly langdale
Aug 3, 2015 Jeannie Hall
Aug 3, 2015 Robert Edwards
Aug 3, 2015 Heather Little
Aug 3, 2015 Kellie Valentine
Aug 3, 2015 Angela Watson
Aug 3, 2015 Beverly Terhune
Aug 3, 2015 Margaret Sober
Aug 3, 2015 Maria Clements
Aug 3, 2015 Cinzia Corradi
Aug 2, 2015 willem van koeveringe stop this!!
Aug 1, 2015 Jeri Lovell
Aug 1, 2015 marina vilas boas
Aug 1, 2015 Clarisse Shum
Aug 1, 2015 Jennifer Collins
Aug 1, 2015 wendy jimenez
Aug 1, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Aug 1, 2015 Laura Pessell
Aug 1, 2015 Karen Wolf
Aug 1, 2015 Stephanie Johnson
Aug 1, 2015 Peter Vincken
Aug 1, 2015 Alain Falise
Jul 31, 2015 Loraine Pickering
Jul 31, 2015 Sharon Girouard
Jul 31, 2015 Claudia Cravens
Jul 31, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 31, 2015 Bonnie Windedal
Jul 31, 2015 Ashleigh Morin
Jul 31, 2015 L R Willbanks
Jul 31, 2015 Alice Calkins
Jul 30, 2015 Ivan Brewer
Jul 30, 2015 ruth ferguson
Jul 30, 2015 Amy Heicher
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 Sarah Barrett
Jul 30, 2015 J Ramirez
Jul 30, 2015 melissa scott Stop this! When will people learn to RESPECT the ocean and the fish and coral?! Please leave it be it belongs to them not us.
Jul 30, 2015 sharon lake
Jul 30, 2015 linda fullam
Jul 30, 2015 Leona De Boer

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