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Rock lobster theft

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Seafood lovers are being warned to be on the lookout for people selling stolen rock lobsters, following the theft of dozens from a commercial fishing vessel.

The owners of the boat, which was berthed at Margate wharf, discovered their haul of around 80 rock lobsters was missing on Friday. 

It's believed thieves made off with the catch sometime on Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday morning.

The rock lobsters have an estimated value of $3,500.

Police are warning anyone purchasing rock lobsters to ensure the seafood they buy is legitimate.

Correctly sold crayfish will have a yellow tag attached, and a receipt must be provided at the time of sale.

Anyone who noticed any unusual activity at Margate wharf, off Gemalla Road, on Thursday Night or Friday morning, is urged to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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