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Represent Your Reef

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COMMENTS DUE BY MAY 7, 2018

The Kumulipo, the Hawaiian Hymn of Creation, teaches us that reef life is the foundation for all life; when we degrade our source of life, we degrade ourselves and our children’s future.

Our Reef Ohana, is under assault from the aquarium trade which is allowed to take our marine life in limitless numbers and without any real regulation. They exploit some of the most important, rare and threatened species, and sell them to mainland pet stores.  The reef wildlife they take are herbivores who are needed to keep our reef ecosystem healthy, clean, and vibrant.

Many of the reef Ohana captured and sold are not only our food fish but our Aumakua (family Guardians) too. For example, the Lau’ipala or Lau’ikapu (common name used by Kona families), Kole (Golden eyed tang), Paku’iku’i (Achilles Tang), O’opu Hue (Puffer Fishes), Unauna (crabs and hermit crabs), baby Mano and many others denizens of the reef. All prime money-making targets for those who capture, buy and sell wildlife for the pet trade.

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Complete this form to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessments for Aquarium Trade Impacts in Hawaii

Name *
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The species selected below are cultural/natural resources that have been impacted by the aquarium trade: *
The cultural impacts related to the species I selected include: *
I believe some or all of the species selected above have been impacted on reefs I am familiar with in the Hawaii Island districts below: *
I believe some or all of the species selected above have been impacted on reefs I am familiar with in the Oahu districts, Maui County, or island of Kauai below: *
Please add a comment. Describe your experience(s) at places and how the place has changed over time. Any concerns you have -- please your mana`o. Or, share your thoughts on the need to respect, restore and protect our reefs and marine life from the aquarium trade. Speak from your heart -- one or two sentences is good.