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Queensland shark response to be discussed

The Queensland government will meet with experts in the Whitsundays region with the head of the state’s shark control program aiming to make people more “shark wise”.

The round table discussion at Airlie Beach on Friday comes after Daniel Christidis, 33, died on Monday after being bitten by a shark at Cid Harbour on the first day of a yachting holiday with friends and colleagues.

It was the third serious attack there in the past two months after Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and Victorian 12-year-old Hannah Papps were bitten in separate incidents in September.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner will meet with local tourism operators and marine experts, as well as the Whitsundays council.

Queensland shark control program manager Jeff Krause says using drumlines in the area wouldn’t guarantee safety.

“By deploying drumlines, yes we will catch a number of sharks but we won’t catch them all,” Mr Krause told the Courier-Mail.

“There’s obviously a large population of sharks in that area and the feeling is that you catch one, (another) one is going to take its place.”

Mr Krause is expected to propose an education program at the meeting, similar to the government’s “croc-wise” program which is used in crocodile habitat areas of the state.

The program will encourage people to avoid the water at dusk and dawn, warn against boaties throwing food scraps over the sides of their vessels and for swimmers to avoid murky water or anchorages such as Cid Harbour.

Queensland’s LNP opposition wants a parliamentary review in the wake of the incidents.

The government is installing signs warning people not to swim at Cid Harbour.

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