It enables the waste to be dumped overboard miles from shore, returning it to the food chain from whence it came. Besides which, the fish carcases do not stink your dustbin up for days.

But cleaning fish on a lively boat that is heading for home at best speed can be fraught with danger if proper precautions are not taken. In recent times the most significant safety precaution that I have seen is the use of the Normark Filleting glove(s). These gloves are made from a space age material which is seemingly impervious to the cutting action of the sharpest of knives and when gripping a fish to slice and dice the best fillets, these gloves offer superb protection to your fingers as the boat humps and bumps its way across the waves.

These gloves do not protect from a sharp point penetrating their fairly loose weave, so you still have to be careful, but they are good, very good in fact because not only do they protect but they also give a good grip on a cold and slippery fish carcase.

Once you have cleaned your fish, skinned the fillets, washed them in clean salt water and packed them away in plastic bags, preferably in a cool box if you have any distance to travel. The gloves can be washed out in clean water and I like to put them in a plastic bag so that when I get home I can trim the fillets, de-bone them with a pair of stainless pliers and re-pack for the deep freeze. The gloves can then be washed in warm water with a splash of washing up liquid so that they do not stink the house out and are ready for the next occasion that they are needed.