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

President – John Townes
Vice President – Mark Norlund 
Treasurer – Murray Pearson
Secretary – Leigh Townes
Betty Haviland
Lenny DiLorenzo
Betty Haviland

Linda Pearson
Lenny Clark

Bill Cherepon
Joel Boncek
President Emeritus – Robert Parsons

Adopt a Spot: John Townes, Bob Parsons
Blessing of the Rakes: Patricia Farinha
Mission/Fellowship: Mark Norlund
CoastSweep: Bette Silva
Finance: John Townes, Murray Pearson
Membership: Linda Pearson
Nominating: John Townes
Scholarship: Lenny DiLorenzo
Sunshine Club: Betty Haviland
Website/Social Media: Andrew Newman

Photo of André Sampou by Kris Clark