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Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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

Oct 21, 2017 David Dunkleberger
Oct 21, 2017 Debra Lichstein
Oct 21, 2017 Mary Ann Jones
Oct 21, 2017 Carol Wellman
Oct 21, 2017 jeanette wilson
Oct 20, 2017 Adam Ostler
Oct 18, 2017 Gail Heath
Oct 18, 2017 Swetlana Frei
Oct 16, 2017 Brent Pennell
Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Roseann Maziarek
Oct 13, 2017 Michelle Sarnoski
Oct 13, 2017 Terri Lynch
Oct 13, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Oct 13, 2017 Alysa` Waring
Oct 13, 2017 Diane Hall
Oct 13, 2017 Michael Martin The teaching used to be "Leave a place that you have been in nicer condition than you found it" the entitlement aspect is "ahhh, someone else will clean it up". We better act now to get back to real basics for nature.
Oct 9, 2017 Henri Delavigne “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” ― Lyndon
Oct 9, 2017 Susan Fisher
Oct 9, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Oct 8, 2017 Michele Burke
Oct 8, 2017 Dave Garcin
Oct 6, 2017 Cameron McElroy
Oct 6, 2017 Stacey Alexander
Oct 3, 2017 Morgan MacConaugha-Snyder
Oct 3, 2017 Bassam Imam
Oct 2, 2017 Bonnie D. I am dismayed that Hawaii has no regulations and standards or even any monitoring of coral reef fish collection. Coral reefs themselves are disappearing; please safeguard these treasures and the fish that depend on them. Their loss affects us all!
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Oct 2, 2017 Jodi Malitsky
Oct 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2017 Sherryll Shaddock
Sep 29, 2017 K Moore
Sep 29, 2017 carol ozouf save our oceans and the world, please, thank you
Sep 28, 2017 Dominique LANG
Sep 28, 2017 Julie Brickell
Sep 28, 2017 Janis Higgins
Sep 28, 2017 Margaret Brown
Sep 28, 2017 Roxana Moya
Sep 28, 2017 katherine Sampson
Sep 28, 2017 Denise Gonzalez
Sep 28, 2017 Liliana Fiorini
Sep 26, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 26, 2017 Lisa Sherman
Sep 25, 2017 Sonia Paquin
Sep 24, 2017 Sigfrido Torreiro
Sep 24, 2017 Rob Dayes
Sep 24, 2017 Fabian Müller
Sep 23, 2017 doris gonen
Sep 22, 2017 Paola Moretti

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