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).

17/06/2019

30 Since last Update

The fishing here has been excellent since my last update, with thirty fish landed. Conditions have been good for angling with water levels varying from 44 to 20 and after the heavy showers in the last 24 hours, […]

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11/06/2019

Delphi Events Calendar June

What’s on in June Summer’s here and as always at this time of year, there’s a lot to do in the Galway, Connemara and Southwest Mayo region. Let’s take a look. Follow this link to take a look at our […]

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09/06/2019

Good Fishing Continues

Fishing here at Delphi has been steady since my last update, with fourteen fish landed, mainly grilse, with a few springers thrown in for good measure. Conditions have been excellent with the river varying in height from 60 […]

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