Hatchery

Delphi Hatchery

DL_Hatchery_2497In recent years Delphi’s wild salmon stock has been greatly supplemented by a major hatchery programme which produces an extra 50,000 juvenile smolts for release and migration to sea each year. These hatchery salmon are indistinguishable from their wild brethren apart from a clipped adipose fin to indicate the presence of a coded wire nose-tag.

These extra fish, reared in Delphi’s own hatchery, are tagged prior to release and make the same journey to the north Atlantic as their wild cousins. Those that return are just as sporting and powerful as the wild fish; in fact they would be indistinguishable from them were it not for their clipped adipose fin.

The hatchery programme provides very valuable scientific data. For research purposes and to protect the genetic integrity of the wild fish, all hatchery-origin salmon must be killed. Any wild fish, in contrast, must be released alive (unless it is the very first salmon of a fisherman’s life).

06/08/2019

Delphi Events Calendar August

What’s on in August Time for our round-up of all the goings-on in the Galway, Connemara and Southwest Mayo region. Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar August 2019. Bookings can be made through our […]

More

02/08/2019

54 for July

Weather wise July was a month of two halves. Total rainfall for the month was 180mms, only 25mms of which had fallen by the 15th. The remainder 155mms fell between the 16th and the rest of the month. […]

More

24/07/2019

July Flood

Well, whatever about the early part of July being dry it has certainly made up for it now with 46mms (1.88”) recorded on Monday morning and the river rose to 80 on Sunday evening and was running at […]

More