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).

02/10/2019

37 for September

Well once again another fishing season comes to an end here in the West and as usual fishing picked up in September with 37 fish landed. There were plenty fish in the system but as is often the […]

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30/08/2019

Nineteen for August

Well as usual August is a difficult month for salmon angling and despite relatively good conditions throughout. Water was a little low early in the month but since then it was good enough for fishing. August seemed to […]

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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 […]

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