HAWAII'S REEFS AND MARINE LIFE CAN'T SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES
Submit a Comment for Hawaii’s Marine Life
Take action by Tue, May 8, 2018
Hawaii’s Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is accepting comments on two Draft Environmental Assessments (EAs) crafted by the aquarium trade in response to the September 2017 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that determined aquarium collecting activities are subject to Hawaii’s environmental laws.
Each of these EAs – one for Oahu and one for Hawaii Island – were drafted by the aquarium trade, put forward by DLNR, and inconceivably propose findings of no significant impacts. This, despite years of reports and papers, published by DLNR and staff, describing the devastation caused by the aquarium trade and labeling it a major cause of coral reef degradation in Hawaii.
Your comments – describing the lost abundance, missing species, and diminished beauty you’ve experienced or are concerned about and demanding a full assessment of the trade’s environmental, cultural and ethical impacts – are urgently needed.
Since 1976 over 60 million reef fish and creatures have been taken from Hawaii’s reefs and sold to the global aquarium trade. Add your voice to this critically important issue and help bring an end to this decades-long assault.