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Texan Aqua Campaigner Honoured

TEXAS - The Matagorda County Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has honored Mark Kubecka, a champion of Texas Fish Farming, as its aquaculture producer of the year.

He was presented with the award during the annual spring crawfish boil at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds late last week. A report in the Bay City Tribune said, the venue was packed with members of Matagorda County's aquaculture and agriculture community, all gathered to honour Kubecka and celebrate.

Deserved Recognition

It recognises Kubecka's commitment to aquaculture, a business he embarked on in 2002 with 80 acres of catfish and 40 acres of hybrid striped bass. He now farms 120 acres of bass and 80 acres of catfish and employees three full-time staff. He serves as a board member and the second vice president of the Texas Aquaculture Association and is also president of both the Catfish Association of Texas and the Texas Aquaculture Cooperative.

Mark also partners with his father and brother in M&W Kubecka Farms a diverse agricultural business growing crops. He is involved in budgeting, developing rotation plans, choosing varieties based on production history and market conditions and making financial decisions for the 5,000-plus acres of row crop and rice production.

Kubecka — a Palacios native — received his bachelor and master degrees in environmental engineering from Texas A&M University and spent about four years working in that field in Houston before moving back to Palacios to become a fish farmer in 2002. Before moving his family to Palacios, Kubecka spent a year researching and building ponds on some old family farmland.

This pretigious event in Matagorda's farming was maked with a lavish meal prepared with locally grown shrimp, catfish, crawfish and topped off with sausage, corn and potatoes.

View the Bay City Tribune story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy

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