Campaign partner of Shark Guardian: Against the transport of shark fin by cargo airlines

Fly without Fins

"Fly Without Fins" is an international campaign by Shark Guardian and Sharkproject, together with many other marine conservation organizations, to convince airlines to stop the transport of fins.

Airlines transporting shark fins contribute to this terrible trade in shark fins, exploiting our oceans and biodiversity, with no end in sight despite all the appeals. Without the logistics of air freight, it would often be much more cumbersome and lengthy to transport the fins from the ports in South America to their destination in Southeast Asia. Recently, the transport of fins by air, on board both cargo and passenger aircraft, has increased immensely and gained importance for the industry.

To date, many airlines have not been able to demonstrate that they do not transport shark fins on board their aircraft. We estimate that 85% of all airlines are profiting from this horrendous business.

Only 15% of the airlines could guarantee not to transport fins when asked. It would be so important for international airlines to send a clear signal against the trade in shark fins and the exploitation of our oceans.

To give you an overview of which airlines should be denounced for their irresponsible and greedy behaviour, the "Fly Without Fins" campaign was created. All major and well-known airlines of the world, in the association of IATA, are listed here and shown whether the respective company is involved in the shark fin trade or not.

Furthermore, there is also the possibility to send a standardized direct tweet via the social media service Twitter, in which you ask the airline to stop the transport of shark fins. Here you can easily support us from home and show the airlines how important the protection of sharks is to you.

Background information about the project

Goals of the campaign

  • The tweets are intended to increase pressure on airlines and convince them to stop transporting fins
  • To cut off the trade routes of shark fin traffickers
    To make "green" travel agents aware of the Fly Without Fins list.
  • Congress organisations such as the UN Ocean Conference 2022 should become supporters.


  • Shark Guardian Co-Campaign Manager.

Campaign website

Information and further updates on the campaign will be posted on social media or shared at

Join us and be part of the movement for a fin-free airspace.

How you can join in

On the website you can see which airlines are still transporting fins, have stopped doing so or have never done so. Simply click on "TWEET" in the list of airlines and a corresponding TWEET will be generated, which you can add to and send out under your Twitter account. 

You don't have Twitter? Then make appropriate entries in your social media account, refer to the Fly Without Fins website, set hashtags for the airline as well as Fly Without Fins and Sharkproject. Thank you for your support!

Project history

Since 2020, 11 more airlines could be confirmed as "Fin-Free". Among them are Aegean Airlines, Africa World Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti, Brussels Airlines, CAL Cargo, Cargolux, Eurowings, Safair, Silk Air, Volotea.

Only with your help, we will get more airlines to stop transporting shark fins! Post today: