Raising a family and building businesses requires partnership and John and Pamela King have taken that journey together since the 1970s. Initially working as commercial fishermen in Alaska they both learned the value of hard work and an appreciation for the many moods of “mother nature”.
John is an entrepreneur with a diverse resume who has strong ties to Cape Cod that span many generations. After receiving a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, John spent more than 7 years working as a commercial fisherman on vessels in Alaska. He earned his Masters license at the age of 27 and skippered the 180 foot crabber, Baranof in the Bering Sea during the “hey day” of the king crab fishery. Following a subsequent, successful career in the biopharmaceutical world that spanned 27 years, John relocated back to his roots on Cape Cod and has been active in various pursuits working to make a difference in the community. Among other responsibilities, John currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Atwood House Museum, home of the Chatham Historical Society.
In recent years John and Pamela have been pursuing a lifelong passion to experience and record the earth’s wild places and wild things through their photography. They co-founded The Common Flat Project (www.commonflat.com) in 2011 to foster a message of conservation and raise awareness about the importance of Biodiversity on our planet. Wild Cape Cod: Free by Nature is their first book. They have two grown children and make their home in Chatham, Massachusetts.
The Common Flat is a special tidal area that has existed for thousands of years off of the “elbow” of Cape Cod. This area is a crucial habitat for diverse species and is today part of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Remarkably, human beings have played a positive role in this eco-system through the millennia by harvesting fish and shellfish with traditional methods. We all share a common interest in The Common Flat’s continued well being as a designated “wilderness”.