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).

05/09/2020

Half Century for August

Well, it’s hard to believe that August has been and gone already and the fishing despite the usual August Blues at times was quite reasonable. We managed to land 50 salmon which is above our 10 year average, […]

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04/08/2020

158 FOR JULY

Fishing here in Delphi has been very good in July, with 158 salmon landed, which is actually the highest July total since 2006. 78 fish have been landed since my last update, which is a good number, although […]

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14/07/2020

Normality Slowly Returning

Well, it’s hard to know where to start writing this update. As you all know, it has been a few months since I have sat down and written a blog. Firstly I would like to thank you all […]

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