Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Aechmophorus occidentalis is of economic interest to tourists, scientists, and developers. Tourists regularly go to wildlife refuges and preserves to go birdwatching. This brings entrance fees to the wildlife parks and refuges. Scientists are interested in A. occidentalis because its habitat (the wetlands) is being taken over by development. The fact that they are still thriving shows the condition of the environment.