lynn-danaherCap­tain Lynn Dana­her, Director

I have spent my life around the marine envi­ron­ment. I stud­ied Poly­ne­sian pre-his­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii, but most of what I’ve learned has been self-taught and in the field.

In 1970, my spir­it of adven­ture took me to Alas­ka, where I raised my fam­i­ly, spent five years home­steading, and spent 14 years as a com­mer­cial fish­er­man. I’ve explored most of the coast­line of Alas­ka and Cana­da to Seattle.

I’ve always had strong inter­ests in both local pol­i­tics and envi­ron­men­tal issues. In 1989, I worked on the front lines dur­ing the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and lat­er par­tic­i­pat­ed in an expe­di­tion along the Alas­ka Penin­su­la to assess the long-term dam­age.  I left Alas­ka in 1994 and start­ed a whale watch com­pa­ny in the San Juan Islands of Wash­ing­ton State. I act­ed as ves­sel coor­di­na­tor for Warn­er Bros dur­ing the film­ing of Free Willy 2 and became the liai­son for the Wash­ing­ton State Film Com­mis­sion for the San Juan Islands, work­ing with sev­er­al loca­tion scouts.

I have been a USCG Licensed Mas­ter and Dive Mas­ter for 20+ years, for­mer chair of the PNW Chap­ter of the Explor­ers Club and Found­ing Member/President of the Pacif­ic Islands Research Insti­tute a non-prof­it. Cur­rent­ly, I serve on the Board of Direc­tors of The Explor­ers Club. I have com­plet­ed numer­ous expe­di­tions in French Poly­ne­sia, East­er Island, plus 2 in Cana­da. Served as an expe­di­tion guide and zodi­ac dri­ver on ships for 7 years, I have trav­eled to all sev­en con­ti­nents, voy­ag­ing the length and breadth of the Pacif­ic Ocean, from Siberia to Antarc­ti­ca and Chile to New Zealand.

In 2013 along with Karen Palmer, we found­ed the Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival.

For the past 4 years we have coor­di­nat­ed the annu­al event. Which cel­e­brates film­mak­ers and show­cas­es their doc­u­men­tary films of com­pelling sto­ries of the Pacif­ic Rim and Beyond.   ENTERTAIN*INSPIRE*ENLIGHTEN