The species is highly esteemed as food. It is fished by deep-sea trawlers off N.W. Africa and along the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, France, Italy and Malta. It is also taken by Israel trawlers, but less commonly so than Aristaeomorpha foliacea
, while in the Western Mediterranean the opposite is true.
The species is sold fresh.The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 2 629 t. The countries with the largest catches were Tunisia (1 335 t) and Algeria (880 t).