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).

19/04/2019

Easter Sunshine and Soaring Temperatures

Sorry for not updating you all recently but it has been a bit hectic here in the last few weeks. This has not been due to the huge amount of fish we have caught but, nonetheless we have […]

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03/04/2019

Franz Josef Hits the Jackpot

It’s ten years and ten days since Franz Josef Rothkotter and his son Nicklas first fished here at Delphi and on that occasion, it was young Nicklas who took the limelight, when he landed three Springers on his […]

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02/04/2019

We are delighted to introduce our newly renovated cottages

We have recently renovated and refurbished our self-catering cottages here at Delphi. Our cottages are surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the west of Ireland and are extremely popular with hill walkers, artists and those in search […]

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