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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.

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Nov 27, 2014 ivana carrozzi
Nov 27, 2014 Janice Elton
Nov 26, 2014 Annaliza Gimenez-Machin
Nov 25, 2014 Rhonda Banks
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Nov 25, 2014 leo E. Alonzo
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Nov 24, 2014 Margaret Argyle
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Nov 21, 2014 Margit Maguire
Nov 21, 2014 Veronika Aksak
Nov 21, 2014 DAVID ROSS
Nov 21, 2014 Kim Taylor
Nov 21, 2014 Sharon Gillespie
Nov 21, 2014 Albert Valencia
Nov 21, 2014 Ian whitelaw
Nov 19, 2014 Lisa Perry
Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Edwards
Nov 19, 2014 Renata Ceolin Ost Viegas
Nov 19, 2014 Marissa Embry
Nov 18, 2014 Maria Webb
Nov 17, 2014 Tina Johnson
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Nov 17, 2014 Terry McGregor
Nov 16, 2014 Jennifer Zajicek
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Nov 16, 2014 Hugh Smith
Nov 16, 2014 Terri Bett
Nov 16, 2014 Mariah Hartberg It's sad to hear another ecosystem is in danger of extinction due to Global Warming. Lets protect these crucial ecosystems by having laws in place to protect them.
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