SOURCE: HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc.

August 04, 2008 08:08 ET

HQS Rolls Out Personal Healthcare Products to Watsons Stores in Hong Kong

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (AMEX: HQS) ("HQS" or the "Company"), a leader in toxin-free integrated aquaculture and aquatic products including fish byproduct personal healthcare products, today announced that the Company will supply personal healthcare products to Watsons Stores in Hong Kong as part of Watsons' theme of "Value Added Living."

This product launch will introduce the Company's "Omojo" brand to Hong Kong. The brand name builds on a "Mojo" theme that adds an "O" for water (French "eau," or Ocean also Omega 3). "Omojo" is an upbeat theme, bringing the "Magic of O" to its customers while complementing "Value Added Living" for active people of all ages. This introduction of "Omojo" products in Hong Kong follows the brand's initial rollout in San Diego at the "Bio International Show" in June of this year.

"Watsons Stores are an excellent platform for our high-end personal healthcare products. There are high standards for marketing healthcare products in Hong Kong. We believe that success in the Hong Kong market should give us a marketing platform for other markets. A number of brands have done well in China because of successful Hong Kong rollouts. We will be showing our 'Omojo' products in Moscow in September, and hope to bring some products to the United States by the end of the year," said Norbert Sporns, CEO of HQS.

The "Omojo" product line includes a number of items made by HQS from fish byproducts. Products are made from cartilage extract which improves the immune system, oils that increase the blood's ability to absorb oxygen, vitamins A, D and E, and Omega 3. "Omojo" products target all age groups.

The products are in pill format and in addition to broad health benefits for all consumers (vitamins A, E and D and Omega 3), each product targets particular health benefits for each age group;

--  immune system and bone density improvement from fish cartilage for
    older people,
--  blood oxygen enhancement from fish oils for active adults and AKG and
--  enhanced DHA Omega 3 for the young from fish oils.

More products including an anti-wrinkle fish cartilage extract (consumed both as a pill and applied topically) already sold by HQS in China, are expected to be added to the Hong Kong rollout later this year.

About Watsons Stores

Watsons is the largest health and beauty retail chain in Asia operating over 1,550 stores and 1,000 pharmacies in 13 markets -- Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea, Turkey, Indonesia, Estonia and Slovenia. In Hong Kong, Watsons currently has over 150 stores and 1,600 employees. See:

About HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc.

HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. is a U.S. vertically integrated aquaculture and aquatic product producing, processing and distributing company with operations in the province of Hainan, in the South China Sea, the People's Republic of China. The Company is dedicated to environmentally sustainable toxin-free production and processing methods which give its customers the highest-quality products possible. The Company holds HACCP certification from the U.S. FDA and has an EU Code assignment of quality. The processing plant and the Company's operations were certified by the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC) to meet Best Aquaculture practices (BAP) set by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). The Company's nutraceutical and healthcare products have passed stringent laboratory tests and are certified by the China and Hong Kong Ministry of Health, and also are HACCP and PRC GMP certified. HQS' corporate headquarters is in Seattle.

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