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).

28/03/2017

Changeable Times

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15/03/2017

Good Run Continues

Our encouraging run of fish that started last Thursday the 9th has continued since my last update. Indeed at the time of writing the 5th fish had been landed but I was unaware of the fact. Yvonne had […]

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11/03/2017

Three in Two Days

Well after what can only be described as a slow February from a fishing viewpoint, we finally have a few fish running and this week we have had three in two days. Rudi Groener bagged our second fish […]

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