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).

18/02/2018

20 Minutes of Piscatorial Bliss for Geordy

Well after what I would have considered a disappointing few weeks since our first fish, our season got back on track yesterday, when George Yendall (Geordy to his friends) landed two springers in the space of twenty minutes […]

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12/02/2018

Spring Salmon Fishing in Paradise

Well, we are now into our 12th day of the 2018 fishing season and Pat Hagan’s fish on the 1st is still our only fish to date. We have had a few people fishing, but pressure has been […]

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02/02/2018

2018 Season Starts with a Bang

The Delphi fishing season got off to a great start yesterday, when Pat Hagan from North County Dublin landed our first fish of the season. I think it is the second salmon landed in the country this year […]

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