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).

Lunch at Delphi Lodge

25/05/2022

New for the 2022 season, visitors as well as our guests are invited to enjoy lunch at Delphi Lodge between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. We invite you to call ahead if you prefer to reserve: +353 […]

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Afri Famine Walk

17/05/2022

After a two year pandemic hiatus, the annual AfrI: Action From Ireland Famine Walk will take place again on 21 May with a tree planting ceremony at Delphi Lodge. Registration details can be found at this link, or […]

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Shane Sheedy to Lead Delphi Lodge Kitchen

06/05/2022

You might notice a new figure in the kitchen or foraging in our gardens this season! Join us in a big Delphi welcome to Shane Sheedy as consultant and Head Chef. Shane has over 18 years experience working […]

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