SOURCE: HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc.

October 14, 2008 08:08 ET

HQ Sustainable Maritime Appoints New Vice President of Product Development

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (AMEX: HQS) ("HQS" or the "Company"), a leader in toxin-free integrated aquaculture and aquatic product processing, including fish byproduct personal healthcare products, today announced the appointment of Bryan Gent, age 61, as the Company's Vice President of Product Development. Mr. Gent brings more than two decades of sales and marketing experience to HQS, and has a proven track record of identifying and capturing new market opportunities within the seafood industry. Having worked with the Company on a trial basis for several months, Mr. Gent will begin serving in an official capacity immediately and will report directly to Norbert Sporns, Chief Executive Officer of HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries Inc.

Prior to joining HQS, Mr. Gent served as the Regional Sales Manager for Aqua Star Seafood (Aqua Star (USA), Corp.), where he assisted in the development of domestic major national chain restaurant accounts and worked on the development of comprehensive marketing strategies. Gent also served as Senior Vice President of Sales for Club Marketing Services, where he worked directly with the corporate president managing annual divisional sales for its club stores, with a budget of $125 million. During his tenure with Club Marketing Services, Mr. Gent played a key role in procuring national processor accounts to drive that company's annual growth in the United States. Mr. Gent also previously served as Vice President of Sales with Neptune Foods, Inc.

Commenting on the appointment, Norbert Sporns, Chief Executive Officer of HQ Sustainable Maritime, said, "We are very pleased to have attracted an individual of Bryan's expertise to bolster our already strong team. Since joining the Company, Bryan has been working on our ready-to-eat meal roll-out plan for club stores and retail chains. In times of economic uncertainty, consumers are eating out less and gravitating to various alternatives including quality frozen meals. I am confident that Bryan will help us to meet and exceed our growth objectives, as we push to make our brands household names in the United States and beyond."

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 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. The Aquaculture Certification Council, Inc. (ACC) certified that tilapia processing standards met Best Aquaculture Practices, and 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. This GMP certified plant produces nutraceuticals, which enrich feed used by HQS' cooperative aquaculture operations. In addition to headquarters in Seattle, HQ has operational offices in Wenchang, Hainan. The Company's website is:

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