Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
The presence of elkhorn coral has several major economic implications for humans. Ecotourism in the Caribbean relies on healthy reefs, with not only healthy coral, but a healthy ecosystem full of interesting things to see such as fish and other marine animals. The pet trade, in the form of troical reef fish, is supported by healthy coral popualtions which house juvenille reef fish. Elkhorn coral also builds many reefs that are researched extensively, such as those in the Florida keys and the Caribbean.
Positive Impacts: pet trade ; ecotourism ; research and education