Salmon are native to the world’s two biggest oceans and the rivers draining into them. The Atlantic Ocean has only one species

  1. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

While in the Pacific Ocean there are several species:

  1. pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)
  2. chum (O. keta)
  3. sockeye (O. nerka)
  4. coho (O. kisutch)
  5. chinook (O. tschawytscha)

Known as the ‘King of Fish’, wild salmon has a flesh that is firm, meaty and reddish in colour thanks to the pigment in its natural diet of insects, sand eels, capelin, herring and crustaceans.

Salmon are native to the world’s two biggest oceans and the rivers draining into them. The Atlantic Ocean has only one species

  1. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

While in the Pacific Ocean there are several species:

  1. pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)
  2. chum (O. keta)
  3. sockeye (O. nerka)
  4. coho (O. kisutch)
  5. chinook (O. tschawytscha)

Known as the ‘King of Fish’, wild salmon has a flesh that is firm, meaty and reddish in colour thanks to the pigment in its natural diet of insects, sand eels, capelin, herring and crustaceans.

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The Life Cycle of Atlantic Wild Salmon

Wild Atlantic salmon vary in appearance during their lifetime. Until the early 19th century the life cycle was not understood and documented, and Parr and Smolt were assumed to be different species of fish.

Irish salmon are Atlantic salmon, spending their juvenile phase in rivers before migrating to sea to grow. To complete their life cycle they must return to their river of origin to spawn. Fish with this life cycle are called anadromous.

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The Life Cycle of Atlantic Wild Salmon

Wild Atlantic salmon vary in appearance during their lifetime. Until the early 19th century the life cycle was not understood and documented, and Parr and Smolt were assumed to be different species of fish.

Irish salmon are Atlantic salmon, spending their juvenile phase in rivers before migrating to sea to grow. To complete their life cycle they must return to their river of origin to spawn. Fish with this life cycle are called anadromous.

Some stay at sea longer and these are the big fish that can weigh up to 43 lbs (our company record) or more. Summer catch rates for fish in the wild are very low, but sufficient to sustain the population if not over harvested. To conserve stocks, Irish Salmon is only fished in June and July each year. We purchase our wild salmon for the year during this season and clean, freeze and store them until we receive orders. They are then smoked and shipped to our customers. See more about our Smoking Process here.

Irish wild salmon

Kelts

Having spawned, the salmon are referred to as “kelts”. Weakened by not having eaten any food since their arrival in freshwater and losing energy in a bid to reproduce successfully they are susceptible to disease and predators. Mortality after spawning can be significant, especially for males but some do survive and commence their epic journey again. In exceptional cases, some Irish salmon are known to have spawned up to three times!

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