OUR STORY

Our mission is to grow the finest quality fish and delivery it directly to consumers! Our fish is organically grown indoor using eco-friendly practices in a self-sustaining, water-conserving, zero-emission fish eco system developed and patented by Daniel Bates.

Steelhead Springs LLC is the solution that Daniel Bates developed after his mother (Gordie Bates) was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer. According to ACS (American Cancer Society) Mrs. Bates developed her cancer by continuous and consistent ingestion of Methylmercury (CH3Hg+). Mrs. Bates was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in mid 1990's. At the time Embrel was just in clinical trials and her insurance was not offering support for clinical trial treatments. Mr. Bates resorted to eating healthier foods, she eliminated red meats and only consumed vegetables and fish. Fish was very important due to its high Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. The Omega acids help with inflammation and over time it reduced her mobility pain. Her daily diet contained 3 meals and two of three meals contained fish bought from local markets. After she was diagnosed with Meningioma, emergency surgery was performed to safe her life. A biopsy of the tumor was conducted and unfortunately at a later date the tumor was found to be cancerous. After exploring numerous research labs the tumor and cancer spores were identified and directly connected to Mercury poisoning. After a long, rigorous investigation Daniel and Mr. Bates identified the culprit. Mrs. Bates was being poisoned by the very food that she was eating to help her be mobile.

Because most Americans don’t eat fish every day, the EPA and FDA have addressed methylmercury exposure averaged over a week’s time. The “safe” dose of methylmercury for any given person is the RfD multiplied by the person’s body weight in kilograms, then by 7 (to convert daily dose to weekly dose.) For example, a 60-kilogram (132-pound) woman’s safe weekly dose is (0.1 microgram of methylmercury per kilogram of body weight per day) x (60 kilograms) x (7 days) = 42 micrograms of methylmercury.

Numerous fish samples from all local grocery retailers was sent to the University of Rochester Medical Center to examine the samples. All fish samples were labeled fresh. The exam showed alarming results! Mrs. Bates was consuming nearly 10 times the weekly dose per day. All samples sent to Rochester Medical Center tested in the range of 170 to 426 micrograms of methylmercury. Test was only conducted on the fresh water fish because this was her main source of protein.

This is a growing issues across the country and the world. This industry can be very misleading, untrue, downright dangerous and life threatening for the people.

Daniel's vision is to provide the general public with a organic high-quality fish. His goal is to create a sustainable, eco-friendly organic fish farm where the public can access and buy honest fresh fish. Though the process of engineering, development and research Steelhead Springs was born. With an attractive name and personal story came support from the public and political figures. Daniel and him mother wrote a proposal to the former State of Illinois Senator Mr. Mark Kirk. A month later Senator Kirk wrote a bill and presented it to the former Governor of Illinois, Mr. Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner signed the bill! The bill forced ALL grocery stores/retailers who sell fish to label the origin of each fish sold in their store. Bates family is the soul responsible party that pushed this bill to Springfield and it was signed into law to help us know exactly where the fish that we buy locally comes from. 

With social media today it is rapidly broadcasted around the country if a grocery chain store sold a bad product. There are millions of video on the web exposing this industry, where its showing us how some farmers are feeding their fish waste and sewage with a side of antibiotics to just survive the feeding. Some farmers are constantly injecting their fish with medicine to ensure they survive all contaminants in the water in which its being farmed in. Realistically the world population is rapidly rising, scientists are projecting over a third of the worlds population will go hungry by year 2030. Those scientists are estimating today that out of 73 million children living in the United States, 20 million will go to bed hungry. Today's economy is threatening our way of life and making simple foods out of reach for the general public. Fish like any other livestock animal that is grown for public consumption must be grown with quality and respect. The animal must be given a healthy environment, high quality feed and ideal environment that can later be harvested for human consumption. 

 

Let us ask you something, whether you are at a restaurant or at a grocery store, do you know where the fish you purchased comes from? Some say farm-raised, others say wild-caught. But does it actually tell you the specifics of where that fish came from, what it ate, the quality of life it had before it appeared in front of you, and the number of times it was frozen and thawed? Sadly, the majority will not know the answers. We pushed a bill to help the public know what country and environment the fish came from. Next step is to expose the truth. If we could ask you one more question? When you are at a grocery store standing in front of the display window full of all sorts of fish and your eye catches a labeled named "FRESH", what is the first thing that comes to your head? The label fresh is only referring to the meat status whether its frozen or not-frozen "fresh".

Fish absorb and store toxins in their muscle tissue, all of which are toxic to us humans. Sometimes these toxins can be cooked out but the fish looses all of its nutritional value. Traditional farms are designed to abuse and completely decimate the natural habitat of a river/creek eco system. Other farmers use chemicals and sacrifice fish quality and its toxicity because their fish is sold to large processors who in turn process fish where its not recognizable. Steelhead Springs fish farm aims to change this by eliminating the use of any toxins as well as eliminating the natural water usage and contamination. The plan is simple, ensure that the water in which the fish live in is pristine and drinkable. Our system filters, recycles and reuses 100% of the water. Filtration and flow rate of the water is controlled via complex computer system. The system can be amped up to rotate water in each tank two to three times an hour or it can be turned down to turn the water once every few hours. 

Mislabeled fish is also not a myth, it’s a reality and can create serious health risks, including conditions that may even be fatal. 60% of the United States seafood consists of cheaper fish being sold as a more expensive alternative. Health and safety risks occur because consumers are unable to make informed purchases of certain fish products to protect themselves against these risks based on the product label. This statistic is exactly where my mother fell in. We were under presumption that she was eating healthy "organic" fish, we were wrong!

 

With these growing issues, the Bates family has found a solution, not just for the whole world, but for their community. 

Steelhead Springs was born on the day Daniel was informed that the fish his mother was eating highly contaminated. His mom was diagnosed with Meningioma that was directly caused by constant consumption of Methylmercury (CH3Hg+). Daniel spent many years fighting by her side to prolong her life and it was her idea not only to expose the truth about her illness but to provide a better and healthier option for the public. She urged Daniel to build something and give the people a better option. Unfortunately, he was too late to help her due to the severity of her illness. Gordie spent one year recovering from her procedure and she made a remarkable recovery. Her doctors called her their miracle. She was not supposed to live past her surgery, but she did! She lived and even regained her mobility and independence. Arrangements were made to fix and reconstruct her head because of her remarkable recovery. At some point she contracted a viral condition that her doctors missed and misdiagnosed. Her inflammation, back pain, nausea, fever and vomiting was diagnosed as cancer return. We agreed to a three cycle treatments and unfortunately this therapy with Avastin proved to be too much for her fragile body. In the early hours of August 26, 2015, Mrs. Bates passed away. As he sat there and watched her heart take its last beat, a large portion of him died with her. From watching her battle her illness, going in and out of chemotherapy, to seeing her smile each and every day made him become stronger person and put him on the course of turning his dream into reality. His sadness turned to anger and his anger focused him to succeed!

He set a goal to build this farm here in the vicinity of his home town of St. Charles, Illinois. He researched and designed the best possible building marvel that will utilize all possible organic materials while operating with renewable sources. The idea is to build an environment for the fish as nature intended it to be. With the assistance of 21st-century engineering and technology, he is able to replicate and synthesize a natural habitat of each specific fish species. He can then enhance the environment by eliminating any and all biological pathogens harmful to fish by continuously filtering the water. Water temperature will be kept at the ideal range to keep fish active and constantly in predator mode. Water flow will be changed and adjusted hourly to provide better filtration post-feeding but most importantly to provide exercise for the fish and eliminate fatty tissues. All of the fecal matter will be filtered out and removed from the biological filters. The fecal matter will be processed down and converted into organic fertilizer that people can use for their gardens. We will then recycle the water through our greenhouse and grow organic produce. Daniel designed the farm in a way that would generate zero-emission. Steelhead Springs fish farm will be one of the first self-sustained fish farms in the world.

Daniel vision is not to produce fish and stockpile it in a freezer. The fish will always be harvested to order, this way all customers can rest assured that their fish purchase from Steelhead Springs fish farm is always fresh.

Steelhead Spring fish farm has a simple goal. Provide the best quality fish at a most affordable price possible. By eliminating all the middle greedy distributors we can pass the cost savings to the consumers.