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Gloucester man charged with illegally dumping 400-pound tuna

A 40-year-old Gloucester man is facing charges for allegedly dumping a 400-pound tuna in a wooded area in Rockport in October, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Harold Wentworth was arraigned Monday in Gloucester District Court on charges of littering from a motor vehicle, a trash treatment facility violation and operating a motor vehicle after suspension of his license for impaired driving, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and he was freed on $1,000 surety, according to Blodgett’s office. Wentworth was ordered to stay away from all witnesses and to refrain from driving unless legally licensed, authorities said.

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He’s due back in court on Feb. 5.

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The Gloucester Times reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement had also served Wentworth with an enforcement action report for harvesting tuna out of season. The status of that matter wasn’t immediately available on Tuesday.

Wentworth’s lawyer couldn’t be reached for comment.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.