Queensland's Fisheries Minister has used a report into the state's shark protection program to call for new laws that would allow the government to continue to kill sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.
So-called SMART drumlines would be impractical in much of Queensland's northern waters because intended release points further offshore are frequented by swimmers or other water users, according to the report released on Thursday.
The findings from the independent report come after the government lost a recent Federal Court appeal for the right to use baited hooks to catch and shoot dead 19 shark species on the world's largest coral reef.
The court decision means authorities now have to run the state's shark control program in a way that avoids killing the animals.
The SMART drumlines have been touted as a solution, but they are more expensive than traditional drumlines and require staff to move sharks caught on the hooks away from beachgoers further offshore.
But the report found this method wouldn't work in the Great Barrier Reef region because its offshore areas included islands and coral reefs that are frequented by swimmers.
Fisheries Minister Mark Furner called on the federal government to make new laws to get around court decisions which meant the government could no longer kill sharks in the Marine Park.
"This report makes it absolutely clear - the Federal Government needs to change course and legislate immediately to allow our long-standing catch-and-remove shark control program back in to the Marine Park," Mr Furner said.
Australian Associated Press