SOURCE: HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries Inc.

HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries Inc.

November 02, 2009 08:18 ET

HQ Sustainable Maritime Tilapia Farming & Processing Operations Achieve GLOBALGAP Aquaculture Practices

HQS Is First to Achieve GLOBALGAP Tilapia Standard Certification

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 2, 2009) - HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (NYSE Amex: HQS) ("HQS" or the "Company"), a leader in all natural integrated aquaculture and aquatic product processing, including fish byproduct personal healthcare products, today announced that its tilapia grow out operations as well as its processing plant operations for tilapia in its wholly owned, Hainan-based subsidiary Hainan Quebec Ocean Fishing Co. Ltd., have been certified by Moody International Certification Ltd., as in conformity with the GLOBALGAP Tilapia Standard recently launched in April 2009, making HQS the first company to be certified to this standard.

GLOBALGAP is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of production processes of agricultural (including aquaculture) products around the globe. These standards are primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety as well as animal welfare.

GLOBALGAP is a global partnership of voluntary members, bringing together like-minded parties with the shared vision of harmonizing Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) world-wide. Retail membership includes, AEON, Ahold, ALDI, ASDA, COOP CH, DELHAIZE, EDEKA, GLOBUS, METRO, MIGROS, NORMA, Wegmans, E. Leclerc, McDonalds, Sysco, US Food Service, Tesco, Carrefour and Marks & Spencer as well as many other major retailers throughout the world.

"We congratulate HQ Sustainable on becoming the first company to achieve our new Tilapia standards. These standards are designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced. HQS' Tilapia meets these high standards providing in addition to food safety, a responsible framework to worker health and the environment," said Dr. Kristian Moeller, Managing Director and Secretary GLOBALGAP.

Norbert Sporns, president and CEO of HQS, added, "HQ Sustainable's commitment to quality must be part of an industry-wide effort to educate the public to the choices available. The establishment of reliable standards, monitored and certified by GLOBALGAP Approved Certification Bodies as third party certification system, validates our commitment to quality and helps HQS in the rollout of its all natural brands, including 'Lillian's Health Gourmet'® and 'TiLoveYa'®, throughout the United States and Europe."

"Sustainable aquaculture practices are environmentally responsible and could help mitigate the potential collapse of ocean fisheries. Aquaculture accounts for a full 50% of global seafood production and all incremental growth in this sector," Mr. Sporns concluded.

About GLOBALGAP

The challenge of globalising markets is nowhere greater than in the primary food sector. GLOBALGAP (formerly known as EUREPGAP) has established itself as a key reference for Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P.) in the global market place, by translating consumer requirements into agricultural production in a rapidly growing list of countries -- currently more than 80 on every continent.

--  GLOBALGAP is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for
    the certification of production processes of agricultural (including
    aquaculture) products around the globe. The aim is to establish ONE
    standard for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) with different product
    applications capable of fitting to the whole of global agriculture.
    
--  GLOBALGAP is a pre-farm-gate standard, which means that the
    certificate covers the process of the certified product from farm inputs
    like feed or seedlings and all the farming activities until the product
    leaves the farm. GLOBALGAP is a business-to-business label and is therefore
    not directly visible to consumers.
    
--  GLOBALGAP certification is carried out by more than 100 independent
    and accredited certification bodies in more than 80 countries. It is open
    to all producers worldwide.
    
--  GLOBALGAP includes annual inspections of the producers and additional
    unannounced inspections.
    
--  GLOBALGAP consists of a set of normative documents. These documents
    cover the GLOBALGAP General Regulations, the GLOBALGAP Control Points and
    Compliance Criteria and the GLOBALGAP Checklist.
    

As many other on-farm assurance systems have been in place for some time prior to the existence of GLOBALGAP, a way had to be found to encourage the development of regionally adjusted management systems and so to prevent farmers from having to undergo multiple audits. Existing national or regional farm assurance schemes that have successfully completed their benchmarking process are recognized as an equivalent to GLOBALGAP.

The Company's web site is at: http://www.globalgap.org

About HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc.

HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. is an integrated aquaculture and aquatic product processing company, with operations based in the environmentally pristine island province of Hainan, in the South China Sea. HQS practices co-operative sustainable aquaculture, using all-natural enriched feeds and conducting fish processing and sales. The company is dedicated to sustainable all-natural methods giving its customers the purest products possible. The Company holds HACCP certification from the U.S. FDA and the EU Code assignment of quality, permitting its products to be sold in these international markets. The Aquaculture Certification Council, Inc. (ACC) certified that tilapia farming and processing standards met Best Aquaculture Practices (two star certification) and certified by Moody International Certification Ltd., as in conformity with the new Global G.A.P., the Global Partnership for Good Agriculture Practice, standards, for Tilapia. The Chinese government gave organic certification to the Company's tilapia production, processing, labeling, marketing and management system. The Company owns a nutraceuticals and health products company, which is HACCP and GMP certified, and produces and sells products subject to stringent laboratory tests certified by the China Ministry of Health. A new Feed Mill has been completed producing principally Tilapia feed and is capable of 100,000 MT annual production. The mill specializes in 'GMO and animal waste product' free feed. This plant has met stringent new food safety standards and is ISO and HACCP certified. In addition to headquarters in Seattle, HQ has operational offices in Wenchang, Hainan. The Company's website is: http://www.hqfish.com.

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