Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
In the past Echeneis naucrates have been used as an aid in fishing. The fishermen tied lines to the remora and then released them into the deep sea. Since sharksuckers are always on the lookout to attach to a host, they behaved in the same matter when the fishermen dropped them into the water. When the remora found a suitable host and attached to it, the fishermen would haul the line, pulling the sharsucker along with its host onto land. Using E. naucrates as bait is a very intelligent and quick way of capturing bigger edible fish that the remora clings to. This benefits humans because normally hard-to-catch sea organisms are acquired easily (Humann 1994).
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