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Qld minister, Reef boss talk shark policy

Queensland's fisheries minister will meet with the head of the Great Barrier Reef marine park after a court blocked the government from catching and killing sharks.

Fisheries Minister Mark Furner has repeatedly called on the federal government to legislate so the state can continue to bait and kill sharks it deems lethal, after a court found doing so would not lower the risk of shark attacks.

He will on Thursday meet with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chief executive Josh Thomas to discuss the measure.

Mr Furner told parliament on Thursday the government accepted the findings of a report it commissioned which found catching and releasing sharks in the marine park is unsuitable, saying it remains resolute in its support for killing them.

"If you release dangerous sharks from drum lines in the marine park, you will inevitably release them close to areas where people are enjoying swimming or water activities," he said.

"The federal government must legislate to allow our shark control program to return."

Hooks attached to drum lines were removed from the park after the state government's appeal to maintain the program was dismissed by the Federal Court.

Mr Furner says that decision was made because contractors aren't trained to tow the sharks away and release them alive, despite doing this with species it doesn't want to catch.

© AAP 2019