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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 16, 2014 Kacie Hillstrom
Apr 15, 2014 natalie hughes
Apr 15, 2014 Alex Moore
Apr 15, 2014 peter scott
Apr 15, 2014 Joanna King
Apr 15, 2014 gabriele jefferson
Apr 14, 2014 Janice Dannhauser
Apr 14, 2014 linda reynolds
Apr 14, 2014 Caro Caro
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Apr 14, 2014 SANDRA VITO
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Apr 14, 2014 sharla shore
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Apr 14, 2014 tammy a
Apr 14, 2014 julie veneklasen
Apr 14, 2014 Leticia Farjeat
Apr 14, 2014 Lisa Olivo
Apr 14, 2014 Laurie Fisher
Apr 14, 2014 barbara lawton
Apr 14, 2014 Sandee Trout
Apr 14, 2014 K Cumpston
Apr 14, 2014 Anita DeTaeye
Apr 14, 2014 John Baughman
Apr 13, 2014 Samantha Busby
Apr 12, 2014 Hetty Koen
Apr 12, 2014 Amanda Patrick
Apr 12, 2014 Jennifer Wolf
Apr 12, 2014 SarahLynn Bower
Apr 11, 2014 Colton Donaldson
Apr 11, 2014 Diane Diernbach
Apr 11, 2014 Margaret Gallagher
Apr 11, 2014 P Montgomery
Apr 11, 2014 Gertrud Bessai
Apr 11, 2014 Kym DuPont
Apr 11, 2014 Mallory Draper
Apr 11, 2014 Dagmar Bajinski
Apr 11, 2014 Rebecca Burner
Apr 11, 2014 Pamela Draper
Apr 11, 2014 Wendy Larkin
Apr 11, 2014 Lori Pelto
Apr 11, 2014 Jaime Blasingim It is very important to have legislation in place to protect and regulate the collection of wildlife from the reef! Why collect them inhumanely when most of them die anyway?
Apr 11, 2014 Soledad O'Farrell
Apr 11, 2014 Barbara Brown
Apr 11, 2014 Line Taillade
Apr 11, 2014 игорь козлов
Apr 11, 2014 Virginia (Ginny) Rettig Regan
Apr 11, 2014 Sara Garcia
Apr 11, 2014 Sheila Merry the fish are vital to the survival of the reef and other living oranisms
Apr 10, 2014 Isa Caron

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