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Fisherman have warned more people will be killed following an explosion in Queensland's shark population and a string of attacks in the water.

Two British backpackers have this week been mauled near Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays.

Alistair Raddon, 28, had his right foot bitten off as Danny Maggs, 22, copped a leg bite on the leg on Tuesday morning.

The shark attacks occurred only a month after Queensland's Labor government removed more than 160 drum lines from 27 beaches.

This followed a Federal Court ruling which ordered the end of shark culling in the Great Barrier Reef.

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Fisherman have warned more people will be killed following an explosion in Queensland's shark population and a string of attacks in the water

 Fisherman have warned more people will be killed following an explosion in Queensland's shark population and a string of attacks in the water

Nathan Rynn, a Townsville-based commercial net fisherman who operates between Cardwell and Bowen, near Airlie Beach, said surging shark numbers would cause more fatal attacks in the water (pictured is a Fisheries Queensland map showing the movement of tagged tiger sharks near Airlie Beach)

Nathan Rynn, a Townsville-based commercial net fisherman who operates between Cardwell and Bowen, near Airlie Beach, said surging shark numbers would cause more fatal attacks in the water (pictured is a Fisheries Queensland map showing the movement of tagged tiger sharks near Airlie Beach)

Nathan Rynn, a Townsville-based commercial net fisherman who operates between Cardwell and Bowen, near Airlie Beach, said surging shark numbers would cause more fatal attacks in the water.

'We've got a catastrophe waiting to happen,' he told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.

'If the government doesn't place some more protection over tourists, swimmers and recreational users, there's going to be more and more of these deaths every year because their numbers are exploding and they're getting hungry.'

Mr Rynn is so worried about predatory sharks in the murky waters of north Queensland he advises his own children to stay out of the water in Townsville.

'Once about a time, I would have taken them to the local beaches here,' he said.

'If I see mothers or fathers with their kids running down into the water, and they're a fair distance off the beach, I go and tell them, "If I was you, I'd get your kids out".' 

Danny Maggs, 22, from Plymouth,in UK, has been pictured smiling and giving a 'hang loose' hand gesture to the camera as he was loaded into a helicopter after being bitten by a shark

Danny Maggs, 22, from Plymouth,in UK, has been pictured smiling and giving a 'hang loose' hand gesture to the camera as he was loaded into a helicopter after being bitten by a shark 

David Swindells, a commercial fisherman based at Yeppoon in central Queensland, said he advised swimmers to avoid deep water.

'Put it this way: I'd advise them to stay in shallow water,' he told Daily Mail Australia.

'Only go up around your knees.'  

In November 2018, Melbourne medical researcher Daniel Christidis, 33, died in after being attacked at Cid

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