Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    Form 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                         Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
                     of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 17, 2005

                            BARNWELL INDUSTRIES, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

       Delaware                       1-5103                   72-0496921
(State or other jurisdiction         (Commission             (IRS Employer
  of incorporation)                  File Number)           Identification No.)

   1100 Alakea Street, Suite 2900, Honolulu, Hawaii               96813
     (Address of principal executive offices)                  (Zip Code)

                                 (808) 531-8400
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

         Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to
simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the
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Item 8.01.      Other Events.

         The Board of Directors and the stockholders of Barnwell Industries,
Inc. (the "Company"), on May 11, 2005 and October 7, 2005, respectively,
approved an amendment (the "Amendment") to the Company's Certificate of
Incorporation to increase the authorized number of shares of the Company's
common stock, par value $.50 (the "Common Stock"), from 4,000,000 shares to
20,000,000 shares. The Amendment became effective on October 12, 2005 upon the
filing of the Amendment with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware.

         On October 17, 2005, the Company announced that it has declared a
three-for-one stock split in the form of a 200% stock dividend on its Common
Stock, payable to stockholders of record of the Company on October 28, 2005. The
stock dividend will be paid to stockholders of record on November 14, 2005. A
copy of the press release announcing the declaration of the stock dividend is
attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated
by reference.

Item 9.01.      Financial Statements and Exhibits.

         (c)      Exhibits

                  99.1     Press Release, dated October 17, 2005.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


/s/ Russell M. Gifford
Russell M. Gifford
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Date:  October 17, 2005