Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Compounds have been separated from G. ventalina to make antibiotics. These compounds include octacoral.
Gorgonia ventalina is popularly collected for use in aqauriums and as souvenirs.
As a colorful addition to coral reef habitats, its presence also is important to ecotourism.
Positive Impacts: pet trade ; ecotourism ; source of medicine or drug