Man rushed to hospital after shark attack on Great Barrier Reef

A man has been bitten by a shark in shallow water at an island on the Great Barrier Reef.

The man, aged in his 30s, sustained minor injuries to his arms and legs from the attack at North West Island, at the southern end of the reef, about 1pm on Monday.

He has been flown to the Gladstone Hospital in a stable condition, according to the Queensland Ambulance Service says.

It's the latest in a string of attacks around the popular tourist destination. Source: AAP

In October, two British backpackers were attacked while snorkelling at Hook Island in the Whitsunday Islands. 

One of the men lost their foot in the attack. 

In March, a 25-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his thigh when a shark attacked him at Hardy Reef, near Hamilton island, which is also in the Whitsunday Islands chain.

It followed a fatal shark attack on Victorian doctor Daniel Christidis, 33, in November 2018 in Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island.

LNP deputy leader Tim Mander called on the state government to do more on the issue of shark protection in swimming areas during a press conference on Monday. 

"North Queensland's major industry is tourism so it is important that we don't have an image that sharks are out of control in that area," he said. 

"We've been calling on the government for some time to adopt the LNP's shark control program, that involves smart drumlines and also involves aerial surveillance."

A shark hooked off the coast of Magnetic Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park earlier in 2019. Source: AAP

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