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).

31/08/2016

Delphi Events Calendar September

September has arrived and it’s a lovely time to visit Connemara. Lot’s still going on in the area from the Autumn Meeting at the Galway Races, Traditional Music in Louisburgh with the annual “September Sessions”, Leenane Autumnal Festival, […]

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31/07/2016

Delphi Events Calendar August

Here we are in August already. Unbelievable. If you’re planning your visit to the area here’s what’s going on in Connemara, Galway and Westport – not far from the comfort of Delphi Lodge. This month you can bike, […]

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31/07/2016

Angling Report July 2016

Salmon catches this July will certainly not break any records here in Delphi. Despite fairly good water throughout the month with 152.4mms (6 inches) of rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout; our returns were below average, with only twenty […]

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