The Painted Comber is caught as bycatch using small coastal trawls and bottom trammel nets.
It is available throughout the year.
These fish are hermaphrodites meaning they have both the male and the female reproductive organs and therefore fertilize themselves. They spawn according to the phases of the moon.
Fishermen would tell you that spotting a Painted Comber which is stationery on the sea bed is a good indication that an octopus is around. They believe that they do this to pick up any scraps that the octopi don’t eat.
It is caught using small-scale methods and in low amounts. fish4tomorrow recommends the painted comber.