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

Bob Parsons, President
John Townes, Vice President
Don Capobianco, Treasurer
Rick Ryan, Secretary
Ralph Krau, Associate Secretary

Lenny Clark
Steve Hoxie
Betty Haviland
Carl Schoenfelder
Leigh Townes
Bill Shumway (President Emeritus)

Membership: Betty Haviland
Scholarship: Ralph Krau
Sunshine: Bette Silva
Annual Dinner: Tom Lipinski
Charitable Works: Rick Ryan
Website and Social Media: Andrew Newman

Photo of André Sampou by Kris Clark
Website design by Andrew Newman Design