Barrington police ticket Warren clam-digger


A Warren man who allegedly crossed over an Adams Point Road resident’s yard in order to dig clams is facing a fine.

The Barrington resident called local police a little after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to report a trespassing incident. The resident told police the man crossed onto the private property and was digging clams along the abutting shoreline.

While the report was not clear whether the Warren man was standing on private property or digging on public shoreline, it was clear that it was not the digger’s first time trespassing on the Adams Point Road resident’s land.

Police ticketed the Warren man and also notified the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management of the situation.


3 comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment

So if the police were unsure of whether the man was on public or private property, why did he get ticketed. Is this part of the public shoreline polluted? If not why would he prohibited from digging there? A public shoreline gives the "public" the right to cross or even fish and dig for clams. Unless the waters are polluted or it is deemed environmentally protected, if not then why would DEM be notified? This story should have more information to it, before being published.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | Report this

I think the story is very clear. It says he was tresspassing on private property, that's what the tickets for. It also says this isn't the first time and thats why he was ticketed. Generally, you would get a warning on your first time. Since the DEM controls when and where people can clam, of course they should be contacted, in case he shouldn't be clamming there as well, there has been a lot of moisture lately, in the way of rain and snow. They usually close public clamming areas after it rains a certain amount, for at least a week, it certainly rained and snowed enough to close any areas that would be affected. Some areas are closed all winter.

I live right on the water in Bristol. You can clam all day along the beach if you want. Provided you either ask if you can walk across the yard or walk along the beach or walk down one of the access paths, there's really no reason to cross yard, since there are access paths overy 100 yrds or so, as well as the Narrows point parking lot to access the shoreline and a couple of streets that end at the water you can park at and enter the beach from. Since clams don't live on dry land, I would think he was on public land while he was clamming, although, this is Barrington, not sure if it's zoned private or not.

Either way, you have no right to arbitrarily cross someones land unless it's a right of way, in which case they wouldn't be calling it tresspassing.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | Report this

I suppose this could come down to manners. You just don't walk through someones yard. BUT... Is there access close to the water in his area? It doesn't say. Was there a path or another way to get to the water? Doesn't say. Living in the East Bay area, we all should be able to access the water easily, and completely. Not just in certain areas, unless the shore is owned privately?? We shouldn't need a boat as the only way to access our shoreline. And lets face it, those clams are so good, I'd walk through barbed wire to get a few myself. Where exactly is this area so we all know where to did for clams?? I doesn't say.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Report this

2016 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Prudence Island · Riverside · Rumford · Seekonk · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc., email