Tasmania Police has advised that over the Christmas and New Year holidays, multiple illegal rock lobster pots have been set within the Elephant Rock Rock Lobster Research Area at St Helens.
According to police, 10 illegal pots have been seized over two weeks in the research area.
Police have spoken to the owners of the pots before returning them.
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Tasmania Police Senior Sergeant at St Helens Rob King said he believed the pots were being set by those who were "pushing the limits" of the area's restrictions for a catch.
"This offence carries a fine of $1344 by way of infringement notice," he said.
"No crayfish is worth that.
"These reserves and research areas are established to protect the fishery and the resource for the future, it's so important that they are properly policed."
Information on fishing restriction zones and rules are available in the Tasmania Seas Fishing Guide or dpipwe.tas.gov.au/.