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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

Apr 18, 2015 Robnett Romero
Apr 18, 2015 Ana Andre
Apr 18, 2015 Karen Pecsok
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2015 Carol Guffey Ignorant people must stop destroying our fragile coral reefs NOW!
Apr 17, 2015 Mishell Osmundson
Apr 16, 2015 Detelina Guecheva
Apr 15, 2015 Marion McCloskey
Apr 15, 2015 Sam Ford
Apr 15, 2015 Jon Snyder
Apr 15, 2015 camilla bank
Apr 15, 2015 Russell Nauta
Apr 15, 2015 Kate Lenthall
Apr 14, 2015 Roberta Thurmond
Apr 13, 2015 Kate Frazer The reef can not be rebuilt, but must be conserved
Apr 13, 2015 Reza Zadahmad
Apr 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2015 janice polito
Apr 12, 2015 Debi Jackson
Apr 12, 2015 Pat Churchman
Apr 11, 2015 Pauline Seymour
Apr 11, 2015 alison midgley
Apr 10, 2015 Winifred Tonione
Apr 10, 2015 Tanya Lowrie
Apr 10, 2015 Janice Olson
Apr 10, 2015 Savannah Carter How dare our government allow our environment to get to what it is now. We need to take action.
Apr 10, 2015 nancy gooch
Apr 10, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2015 Jonathan Gaarlandt
Apr 10, 2015 Faith Strailey
Apr 10, 2015 allen bohnert
Apr 10, 2015 Phyllis Rippeth
Apr 10, 2015 Mariana Heymans
Apr 10, 2015 Mariah Vossos
Apr 10, 2015 Jerzy Niedzwiecki
Apr 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 9, 2015 Susan McNary-Murray
Apr 8, 2015 Rhoda Slanger
Apr 8, 2015 Joanne Raby
Apr 7, 2015 Diana Deyanova
Apr 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 6, 2015 Bambi Magie
Apr 6, 2015 George Roetsch
Apr 6, 2015 Kristina Bedic
Apr 6, 2015 Roseline Nizzoli
Apr 6, 2015 Richard Comaish Act now, before it's too late!
Apr 6, 2015 Brent Finkbiner
Apr 6, 2015 Edeltraut Renk
Apr 6, 2015 Isabel carapeto
Apr 5, 2015 MaryAnn Vasquez

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