Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
From 1960 to 1970 Alaskan king crabs generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic revenue. However, within two years of over fishing in a given area catch returns diminish to a fraction of the original catch. Now the United States gets the majority of its crab meat from the North Atlantic Ocean north of Russia. There is now a rule for fishers that they can only catch males.
Positive Impacts: food