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).

22/05/2017

The Drought Ends

Our long dry spell finally came to an end last Sunday night the 14th, when we had 28.5mms or just over an inch of rain. It brought the river from -12 back up to 60. On Monday morning […]

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03/05/2017

April Finishes with a Flourish

Well I’m afraid the Easter Bunny did not bring us loads of water, but we did actually manage to finish the month with five fish in the last seven days. That brought our total catch for April to […]

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30/04/2017

Delphi Events Calendar May

Quite honestly, there’s a Festival for everything this month! Fancy being active?  How about the Leenane Walking Festival, the Annual Famine Walk, Tour de Connemara or Connemara Bog Week?  Looking for some music? There’s the annual and internationally […]

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