Environmentalists are calling for the removal of shark nets after the death of an entangled Great Hammerhead off a Gold Coast beach but the Queensland government insists they'll stay because they save human lives.
Activist group Sea Shepherd says the shark's body was located on Monday in a net off Tallebudgera Beach by the crew of the Apex Harmony boat.
Spokesman Jonathan Clark says the shark is an endangered species and its death highlights the need for Queensland to abandon nets.
"These nets do nothing more than indiscriminately kill marine life while providing a false sense of security to ocean users," he said.
"It is time the Queensland government makes good on their election promise to provide effective non-lethal shark monitoring, control and incident prevention measures to protect ocean users and marine life."
Acting Fisheries Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the government remained "steadfast" in its support for the Shark Control Program, which includes the nets.
"It has undoubtedly saved lives and that's why it will continue," he told AAP in a statement.
"While we continue to monitor emerging technology, the safety of swimmers is paramount."
Mr Hinchliffe said the government would consider new technologies if they were shown to be effective in preventing shark attacks and were practical.
'Until then, prevention strategies that have been proven to protect the lives of Queenslanders and tourists who use our most popular beaches will remain in place," he said.
In December, Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said only one person in 55 years had lost their life to a shark at a protected Queensland beach.
The state currently has 85 beaches protected by nets or drumlines in a program that has been in place since 1962.