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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

Aug 30, 2015 MITZI Manning This is our future and our grandchildren and their grandchildren and their grandchildren please preserve what we find so beautiful so ecologically important... Thank you
Aug 30, 2015 Jukka Nopsanen
Aug 30, 2015 Thierry Chartier
Aug 30, 2015 Aurélie Amari
Aug 30, 2015 Bernadette Crespin
Aug 30, 2015 frances lightfine
Aug 29, 2015 linda c boyd
Aug 29, 2015 Beryl Ludwig
Aug 29, 2015 Amanda Ault
Aug 29, 2015 Rosemary Spann This is disgusting. These fish need to stay in their homes. Put strong legislation in place for their protection which should have been done long ago. Just furious this is allowed.
Aug 29, 2015 Lola Schiefelbein
Aug 28, 2015 Shelley Tsuji
Aug 28, 2015 Alexander Yeung
Aug 28, 2015 Susan Krauss
Aug 27, 2015 Karl Hoermann
Aug 27, 2015 Cheryl Young
Aug 27, 2015 Susan Tate
Aug 27, 2015 V. Truong
Aug 27, 2015 kimberly bridges
Aug 27, 2015 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Aug 27, 2015 lisa johnson
Aug 27, 2015 Ed Kreczko
Aug 27, 2015 Adriana Maria Bidarra
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 Nancy Horner
Aug 26, 2015 Gloria Howe
Aug 25, 2015 a stuart
Aug 24, 2015 LILIAN TUDORIN We need to act now befor it's to late!! These fish are also vital components of their natural habitats, so the whole reef suffers if its living organisms are removed in large quantities.
Aug 23, 2015 Marc Chapon
Aug 23, 2015 Jordan Evans
Aug 23, 2015 Leisa Baumann
Aug 22, 2015 Theresa Toporsh
Aug 22, 2015 Francisco Carvalho
Aug 22, 2015 al sellers
Aug 21, 2015 Michele Livesay
Aug 21, 2015 Mary Wylie
Aug 21, 2015 Marilyn Oakley
Aug 21, 2015 Harmen Eijzenga
Aug 21, 2015 MARA SCHMID
Aug 21, 2015 Sandra Peek
Aug 21, 2015 Renee Luongo
Aug 21, 2015 Lloyd Edwards Please pass regulations to protect our coral reefs & the wildlife within it.
Aug 20, 2015 Lorraine wilson
Aug 20, 2015 caitlin caldwell
Aug 20, 2015 shashank pulmati
Aug 19, 2015 Mary Harris
Aug 19, 2015 Betty Kendrick
Aug 18, 2015 Amy Shepard
Aug 18, 2015 tina sackman
Aug 18, 2015 Gunnar Lien

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