Shark fin has long been a staple at Chinese wedding banquets, symbolizing status, but several restaurants are pledging to stop the sale, citing health and environmental reasons.
Fins dry on a rooftop in Kennedy Town in Hong Kong.
The bigger the fin and the thicker the veining, the more expensive it is, merchants said.
Shark fin soup is served in a birthday banquet in Hong Kong.
A replacement for shark fin soup from the Four Seasons: double-boiled maitake mushroom soup.
Dried shark fin in bins at Hong Kong's Dried Seafood Market.
Shark fins with skin in the drying process near Sheung Wan in Hong Kong.
A shark fin trader was reportedly illegally subletting roof space from a fish maw trader in order to dry his wares.
The environmental nonprofit WildAid found more than 18,000 shark fins found drying on a Hong Kong rooftop in 2013.
Hong Kong's Dried Seafood Market offers all sorts of varieties, including shark fin and sea cucumber.
Protests against shark fin at the popular Hong Kong restaurant chain Maxim's.