Fish Cleaner

Clean fishes aboard ship or ashore.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $31,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fish Cleaners do?

Cleans fish aboard ship or ashore, performing any combination of following tasks, alone or as member of crew: Scrapes scales from fish with knife. Cuts or rips fish from vent to throat with knife, and tears out viscera and gills. Cuts off head of fish with knife, drops head in tub, and slides fish along table to next worker. Washes blood from abdominal cavity by dropping fish in tub of water or by use of hose, and removes discolored membrane from abdomen lining with knife, spoon, scraper, glove, or piece of burlap. Cuts gashes along sides of fish to facilitate salt penetration during curing. Cuts fish behind gill slits, draws knife along backbone and ribs to free fillet, lays fillet skinside down on table, and draws knife laterally between skin and flesh to remove skin. Slices flesh from bones in fletches for further processing into boneless slices of fish. Unloads catch from fishing vessels [LABORER, WHARF 922.687-062]. May pack fish in containers. May remove slime from fish preparatory to canning and be designated Slimer. May clean, dress, wrap, label, and store fish for guests at resort establishments and be designated Fish Housekeeper. May fillet fish and be designated Fish Filleter.

Should I be a Fish Cleaner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Bladder Cleaner, Clean Up Crew Worker, Cleaver, Fish Cutter, Gut Cleaner, Leaf-Fat Scraper, Shrimp Cleaner See More

    How to become a Fish Cleaner

    Most Fish Cleaners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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