Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Blue sea stars are used for decoration and for personal aesthetics (personal aquariums and decorations when they are dried out). They are popular among tourists and in the aquatic life industry. The blue seastar is also being tested as an inexpensive source of potential anti-tumor and antibacterial agents.
Positive Impacts: pet trade ; source of medicine or drug
- Mojica, E., R. Layson, M. Rodil, C. Deocaris. 2003. Marine invertebrates as source of potential anti-tumor and antibacterial agents. 8th Southern Luzon Zonal R & D Review, DLSU, 1: 1-11.