Preservation ~ Protection ~ Stewardship
Friends of Barnstable Harbor promotes “the preservation and enhancement of the historic nautical character and quality of Barnstable Harbor” and anticipates the “long-range environmental requirements and challenges” of one of Cape Cod’s most beautiful and sensitive eco-systems.
Surrounded by the towns of Barnstable, Sandwich, Yarmouth & Dennis, it is the Town of Barnstable’s only north side harbor and its only direct access to Cape Cod Bay. It has a long history of commercial & recreational fishing, packet boat transportation, whaling (now whale watching), shellfish farming and marine recreation. Barnstable Harbor has been a major tourist destination along the historic Old King’s Highway/Route 6A for many years.
We are building our website into a Factual Information Sharing Resource. Explore our site to find information about Barnstable Harbor Today, Tomorrow & Yesterday. Resources & Information has information about Water Quality Monitoring & Watershed Planning, Boating Safety, Weather & Tides, Fishing Licenses & Regulations, Sea Turtle & Marine Mammals Sighting and Birding Information. Visit Oysters, Clams & More to learn more about both Commercial & Recreational shellfishing and concerns in Barnstable Harbor. Our Education Page will be a growing a resource for both teachers and students.