Ireland is renowned for its wild coastline, clear pristine waters and superb fishing grounds which makes it a prime location for wild salmon. Ireland has a long tradition of catching and handling wild salmon. The love of fish and the high esteem in which salmon is held by fishermen, could almost be described as a devotion. As wild salmon are now in limited supply, every fish is afforded the time and careful handling needed to result in an excellent product.

 Although time consuming for the fishermen,we only use snap netting to catch our wild salmon. Fishing does not get any more highly skilled or sustainable than this.

As beautiful wild salmon are seasonal and there is limited supply, Ballyhack smokehouse also uses Irish organic salmon. When sourcing, only the finest salmon is used for smoking.

The Atlantic Ocean provides the unique location for farming salmon, with exposure to pristine waters and ideal conditions. Our farmed salmon is sourced from Ireland’s expert producers and is nurtured in small densities off Ireland’s rugged west coast, with flowing crystal clear tides ensure that fish is well toned and of good quality. Our inshore fishermen and fish farmers combine their skills to ensure that fish are reared with the utmost respect.  Organic farmed fish will grow at a much slower rate than a conventionally farmed fish giving it the time needed to grow naturally. Irish sites are swept by strong tidal currents and high waves, resulting in the water quality being rated 1A, the best there is, so that a build up of contamination is next to impossible. The number of salmon per cage on fish farms is very low – the equivalent of 1% salmon to 99% water.    The wild salmon and the Irish organic salmon will have covered a distance of approximately 14,500 over their lifetime. Ireland has won numerous awards for its organic farmed salmon. Ireland has been a pioneer in the establishment of organic fish farming in Europe. Ireland is now producing more organically farmed fish than regular farmed fish. Irish organic salmon features on the menu of some of the world’s top restaurants & was enjoyed by President Barack Obama, the Queen of England and the Pope (amongst others!)