FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A Cape Cod cranberry farmer has been charged with allowing hundreds of thousands of herring to enter one of his bogs, resulting in the death of many.

State officials say Brian Handy of Handy Cranberry Trust in Falmouth has been charged with one count of taking or possessing river herring in waters under state jurisdiction.

If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $10,000.

Authorities tell the Cape Cod Times that in October Handy took water from Wing Pond, but netting meant to prevent herring from entering the bog was not properly secured.

Authorities say as many as 600,000 herring entered the bog. Many were chopped to pieces when they were sucked into the pump engine.

Handy says the number of herring that entered his bog was no more than 2,000.

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Information from: Cape Cod Times, http://www.capecodonline.com

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