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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

Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Brad Keyser
Sep 30, 2014 Kim Toomey
Sep 30, 2014 Carla Caston
Sep 30, 2014 Lorraine Pierre
Sep 30, 2014 deirdra moncue
Sep 30, 2014 Marco Simioni
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Sep 30, 2014 S Mumford
Sep 29, 2014 Tammy Whitworth
Sep 29, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 29, 2014 Tania Llewellyn
Sep 29, 2014 Renate Degasper
Sep 29, 2014 Angela Pope
Sep 29, 2014 Antonya Hernandez
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Sep 28, 2014 Lisa Weston Bialy
Sep 28, 2014 Eva Terry
Sep 28, 2014 Audrey Cobler
Sep 28, 2014 dawn brown
Sep 27, 2014 Wendi Dennison So gathering would fish from our oceans and rivers. Only use sustainable, captive bred species for the aquarium trade!
Sep 27, 2014 Daniele Halle
Sep 27, 2014 joyce alexander
Sep 26, 2014 Diane Myers
Sep 26, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Sep 25, 2014 Lee Lloyd
Sep 25, 2014 Rozanna Ramirez
Sep 25, 2014 Janet Teare
Sep 25, 2014 Penny Karn Keep it up....politicians like you are well on your way to destroying it all. Pearl Harbor is a picnic compared to what will happen in time if you allow this to take place. Stop it before it goes any further!
Sep 25, 2014 Betty Kowall
Sep 25, 2014 Michelle Martens
Sep 25, 2014 W.D. Schols-Nanninga
Sep 24, 2014 Nicola Holzwarth
Sep 24, 2014 Ellen Maull
Sep 24, 2014 vaiva griskaite
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Sep 24, 2014 David Thelwell
Sep 24, 2014 Frederic Hourlay
Sep 24, 2014 Tatiana Quinones
Sep 24, 2014 Michele LaPorte
Sep 24, 2014 Kathleen Neely
Sep 24, 2014 Marlies Blumer

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