For over 20 years Biomark has been a worldwide supplier in electronic identification technology to the fish, wildlife and other natural resource conservation communities. Biomark specializes in a low frequency, passive (no battery), RFID (radio frequency identification) tag (PIT tag) and related PIT tagging equipment. Biomark also provides specialized biological services to the fish and wildlife research community. These services include PIT tagging (insertion of the RFID device) fish and wildlife, study execution, and report writing. Most importantly, Biomark integrates these products by designing, manufacturing, installing, managing and maintaining the systems that detect the tags at specific and strategic locations for invaluable data collect and comprehensive results. Biomark prides itself in delivering the best in products and customer service to it’s valued clients.
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PIT tags have been used for over twenty-five years to permanently identify individual animals. Beginning with fisheries studies, the use of PIT tags has expanded to include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and many other animals and objects. Through research and testing, PIT technology has been shown to be a reliable and effective method of research and monitoring of individual animals.
PIT tags, also known as ‘microchips’, allow researchers to safely mark animals internally without altering external appearance. In almost all cases the tag will stay with the animal for it’s entire life cycle. The small size of PIT tags virtually eliminates negative impact on animals with little or no influence on growth-rate, behavior, health or predator susceptibility. Automated monitoring systems that record temporal and spatial information make recapture unnecessary reducing handling time and stress to the animal. Biomark provides a variety of durable readers and antenna types for use in remote monitoring locations. Custom antennas can be designed for your specific application or location.
Studies involving capture-recapture, movement, abundance, survival and recruitment have confirmed that PIT technology is a reliable and effective method of identifying and monitoring individuals over long periods of time.
Biomark understands the importance of communication within the research and conservation community. We continually work to provide information and make suggestions to improve research methods as they relate to RFID technology. We strongly suggest that when choosing identification markers one considers the importance of having consistency, standardization, and a common database among researchers and organizations throughout the range of the animal you are studying. In addition, there are a variety of RFID tag frequencies, manufacturers and tag readers that may or may not always be compatible. We suggest using products compatible with ISO standard 11784/11785.
Biomark embraces the practice of individual employee contribution and self management. It is this principle that defines our culture. By empowering and expecting personal input at all levels, the employees become vested in all ways. It is their ideas, service and actions that are moving us forward and this input directly affects the health of Biomark.
It has been a goal of Biomark to commit to being a real contributor to the local Boise, Treasure Valley, Pacific Northwest, and the Worldwide fish and wildlife research communities. We pride ourselves in the fact that we are a growing company that is gainfully employing people and supporting their families and that we have the desire and goal to responsibly grow the company. Employment is not simply filling an open or new position but rather providing a means of growth to individuals that too can contribute to the community both internally and externally. Biomark and its employees provide support for Rake Up Boise, Idaho Fallen Firefighters Foundation, MK Nature Center, Foothills Environmental Learning Center, The Peregrine Fund, The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, American Fisheries Society and Career Services for the Boise and Meridian School Districts to name a few.
The bottom line is that we all sincerely enjoy our job, the people we work with and the customers we serve. You cannot ask for more than that!
Biomark was founded in 1990 by Donn and Retta Park. Donn worked at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington where he was employed as a research biologist for 34 years. Upon his retirement from the NMFS, he saw a need in the fisheries research area for an expanded role of RFID technology. Biomark was founded with the intent to develop a premiere fish tagging organization using RFID tag technology. It quickly adapted into a company that not only tagged fish, but also sold RFID tag products, and developed and built RFID tag data recovery systems based on customer’s research needs.
Biomark first opened its shop and office in July, 1990 in Kennewick, Washington. The company quickly added its first employee, Scott McCutcheon, who continues to work with Biomark today. Biomark’s current President, Dean Park joined the company in 1991 as a fisheries technician. He worked in a variety of positions with the company until he became President in 2001. In 1991, Biomark moved to Boise, Idaho. The founding employees chose Boise for its accessibility to the Rocky Mountains and its great quality of life. Because of Boise’s strong technology business and research community Biomark quickly adopted it as its permanent home. As a result of the company growth Biomark has occupied several locations in and around the Boise area and prides itself in being a valuable member of Idaho’s Treasure Valley community.
Product innovation has always had a strong foundation at Biomark. In the 1990s Biomark pioneered the first commercially available custom PIT tag detection systems as well as tagging and data collection tables. During the next decade Biomark played a major role in designing and developing fabrication techniques to reliably operate PIT tag antennas underwater (a major breakthrough in evaluation and monitoring technique). Biomark has emerged as a worldwide leader in RFID products for fish and wildlife research. From innovative, first of their kind, stream, river, and hydro facility RFID tag detection systems, to tag injection systems and production tagging services, Biomark delivers the best in products and services to its customers.