The Barnstable Association for Recreational Shellfishing was founded in 2001 by André Sampou, Ty Ranta, Ed Dutton, Dave Kicilinski, Kris Clark, and Fred Dempsey. The purpose of BARS is to discuss issues relating to recreational shellfishing in the Town of Barnstable and to promote the welfare, propagation, conservation and protection of the existing shellfish habitats.

BARS has grown quite a bit since then with over 200 members. The group has focused on conservation of the shellfishing habitat, water quality, and ways to water. BARS volunteers have worked hand-in-hand with the Town of Barnstable department of Marine and Environmental Affairs (MEA) in planting and transplanting shellfish.

An issue that BARS got involved with early on was to limit pier construction where new structures would have a detrimental effect on the shellfish habitat. The town finally passed a law that limited new private pier construction greatly due to BARS efforts.

BARS has monthly meetings that feature speakers in related areas.

BARS Board of Directors

Bill Shumway, Acting President
Bette Silvia, Vice President
Rick Ryan, Secretary
Don Capobianco, Treasurer
Ralph Krau, Associate Secretary

Bette Havilland
George Lloyd
Bob Parstons
Bill Shumway
Norm Wilson (President Emeritus)

Photo of André Sampou by Kris Clark
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