A crackdown on illegal night time poaching at Bridgwater Docks has been ordered after noise and nuisance started causing misery to nearby residents.
Somerset County Council is teaming up with Avon and Somerset Police to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by people drinking alcohol and causing a disturbance.
Some of the behaviour is believed to be linked to illegal fishing and people are being warned this act carries a fine of up to £5,000.
Angling at the docks is banned and therefore considered poaching, which is a criminal offence, whether fish are caught or not.
Police have the power to seize any fishing equipment and offenders could be convicted and fined.
Measures have been put in place to stop people fishing, including signs and a rope across the water to snare illegal fishing lines.
Deputy leader of the council, Cllr David Hall, said: “The anti-social behaviour associated with some of those who fish, especially during the night, is unacceptable and is affecting the lives of the local residents.
“We hope that the measures put in place will deter people, but anyone seen to continue to break the law will be reported to police.”
Inspector Andy Pritchard, Sedgemoor Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “We have been working closely with Somerset County Council in response to reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.
“Local officers will be patrolling the docks on a regular basis and will be proactive in tackling in any disorder that adversely affects the quality of life for people who live in the vicinity.”
Leigh Redman, Mayor of Bridgwater said: “The local councillors for this area have been making representations to police and council, highlighting the concerns of local residents, we will be working with all parties to ensure the voice of local people is heard.
“The docks are at the heart of our community and it is important that the area is open to all and people should not be concerned about moving through the docks area.