An aspiring Melbourne cancer specialist has been remembered as a rare individual of great promise, following his death from a shark attack in Queensland's Whitsundays region.
Tributes flowed for Daniel Christidis on Wednesday as the state government called a meeting for Friday to discuss how to manage sharks in the area, where there have been two other non fatal attacks in recent months.
Dr Christidis was attacked at Cid Harbour on Monday at the start of a five-day yachting trip with friends and workmates.
Western Health director of surgery and head of urology, Helen O'Connell, said the 33-year-old doctor had "unstoppable optimism".
"He still has, for such a young person, achieved so much," Professor O'Connell said, holding back tears.
"Daniel is a rare individual who is constantly enthusiastic and positive.
"He really had the sky, whatever that is for a young doctor, as the limit."
Prof O'Connell said Dr Christidis showed "amazing patient care" on one occasion getting an upset patient a cake on her birthday.
Chief medical officer Paul Eleftheriou said colleagues were "completely devastated" by Dr Christidis' death.
"He was a fantastic doctor, exceptional character. A bright spark in the lives of many at Western Health," Dr Eleftheriou said.
It is understood Dr Christidis' father has flown to Queensland, while his sister and mother remain in Melbourne.
It's the third serious shark mauling at Cid Harbour in two months after Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and Melbourne girl Hannah Papps were bitten in separate attacks in September.
The death has renewed debate over shark mitigation measures, with the state government convening a roundtable of shark experts, local tourism operators and the Whitsundays Council to discuss the best way forward.
Queensland's Liberal National Party opposition is calling for a full parliamentary inquiry into the state's shark control program and the implementation of drumlines in the area.
However, Tourism Minister Kate Jones said they were sticking with their decision on Tuesday not to put in drumlines.
"(The tourism operators) want the opportunity to sit down with the scientific experts so they also understand the science more deeply," Ms Jones said on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday the state's public sector union announced fisheries officers would go on strike as part of an unrelated ongoing pay dispute.
State Fisheries Minister Mark Furner insisted the industrial action would not affect moves to install signs warning people of sharks in Cid Harbour, with the local council and even police helping with efforts.
"All the agencies are working together to ensure people are being warned in the area now - do not swim in Cid Harbour," he said.
Reports of operators dumping scraps over the sides of boats, which could be exacerbating shark activity in the area, will be discussed at the roundtable.