SOURCE: HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc.

April 19, 2007 12:29 ET

HQ Celebrates Earth Day April 22nd: Percentage of Sales to Promote Ocean Bio-Diversity and Sustainability

1% of "TiLoveYa™" Tilapia Sales Between April 19th and 29th to Be Given to the Ocean Trust and to Nature Conservancy

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 19, 2007 --HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (OTCBB: HQSB), a leader in toxin-free integrated aquaculture and aquatic product processing, announced today it is celebrating Earth Day, which falls on April 22nd, with a weeklong promotion to help save the Ocean's reefs (ocean bio-diversity) and the sustainability of the commercial fishery. HQ will donate one percent of its sales of "TiLoveYa™" toxin free, fresh water, farmed Tilapia with one half of proceeds going to the Ocean Trust (See www.oceantrust.org) for its sustainable ocean harvest program and one half to the Nature Conservancy (See www.nature.org) and its 'Rescue the Reef' program.

Ocean Trust is a member supported, ocean conservation foundation building science, conservation and seafood partnerships to sustain the oceans as a food source for humanity. It conducts programs in sustainability research, education and restoration of fisheries, wildlife and the environment.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. As some of the most biodiverse and wondrous places in the world, coral reefs need immediate attention.

"We are very pleased to support the important work of these organizations that contribute so much to the preservation and restoration of our reefs and oceans and the wildlife within them. Earth Day is a perfect moment for HQ to celebrate its fundamental commitment to sustainable aquaculture and healthy toxin-free seafood to feed the world. We intend to continue to reach out to this and other organizations whose mission we share," said Lillian Wang, Chairman of HQ.

HQ's pond farms demonstrate environmentally friendly aquaculture solutions that ensure sustainable production of good-tasting fish that are free of all toxins, including hormones and antibiotics.

HQ's Pond Raised Solutions

--  Pond environment controls inflow and outflow of water avoiding the
    need  for any prophylactic use of antibiotics;
--  Pond-grown algae provide excellent feed supplement where adequate
    quantities of dissolved oxygen are present, which eliminates any off-flavor
    from anaerobic algae cultures.
--  HQ's poly-species approach mimics nature by introducing natural bottom
    feeder fish and predator fish to maintain the pond eco-system.
--  Tilapia are herbivores and no fishmeal need be added to tilapia feed
    which could possibly introduce ocean-sourced pollutants such as heavy
    metals, PCBs or dioxins. Pond stability provides favorable feed conversion
    rates over cage-raised tilapia.
--  Finally ponds are located away from mangrove swamp areas to preserve
    crucial natural habitat and used pond water provides valuable natural
    nutrients to neighboring farmers' fields instead of being released into
    waterways which could create downstream concerns to other waterway users.
    
HQ's "TiLoveYa™" products are currently available through Ultimate Entrée (See www.ultimateentree.com ), and such select retail stores as Grocery Outlet (See www.groceryoutlets.com) and Metropolitan Market (See www.metropolitan-market.com).

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. HQ practices cooperative sustainable aquaculture, using nutraceutically enriched feeds and conducting fish processing and sales. The company is dedicated to sustainable toxin-free 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. It owns a nutraceuticals and health products company, which is HACCP certified, and produces and sells products subject to stringent laboratory tests certified by the China Ministry of Health. This plant produces nutraceuticals, which enrich feed used by HQ's cooperative aquaculture operations. HQ has commenced construction of a 100,000 ton per year organic feed mill in Wenchang. In addition to headquarters in Seattle, HQ has operational offices in Wenchang, Hainan. (http://www.hqfish.com).

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "future," "may," "will," "would," "should," "plan," "projected," "intend," and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (the Company) to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company's future operating results are dependent upon many factors, including but not limited to the Company's ability to: (i) obtain sufficient capital or a strategic business arrangement to fund its expansion plans; (ii) build the management and human resources and infrastructure necessary to support the growth of its business; (iii) competitive factors and developments beyond the Company's control; and (iv) other risk factors discussed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available for review at www.sec.gov under "Search for Company Filings."

Consulting For Strategic Growth I, Ltd. ("CFSG") provides HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (HQ) with consulting, business advisory, investor relations, public relations and corporate development services, for which CFSG receives a fixed monthly fee for the duration of the agreement. Independent of CFSG's receipt of cash compensation from HQ, CFSG may choose to purchase the common stock of the company and thereafter sell those shares at any time it deems appropriate to do so.

Contact Information

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    Norbert Sporns
    Chief Executive Officer
    HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc.
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    Stan Wunderlich
    CEO
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    Media Relations
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