Korean Air has banned the transport of shark fins on its cargo flights to help in the conservation of the endangered species.
Earlier, the airline carried shark fins if a customer had a valid permit from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from the related national management authority.
Shark fins are highly prized delicacies in Eastern Asia particularly in China where these are used for making shark fin soup. The shark fins may fetch prices as high as $800 per kilogram in China. This has lead to the lucrative practice of shark finning, which involves the removal of the fin from the captured sharks and dumping the fish back in the sea.