It was all just a “misunderstanding”

Steve Sharratt
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P.E.I. Fishermen's Association asks the media to leave meeting in Charlottetown on Friday

Lobster traps sit on a Prince Edward Island wharf, prior to the beginning of the fall lobster season in this 2013 Guardian file photo.

Improving communications was just one item on the bucket list of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association convention in Charlottetown on Friday.

However, the optics turned muddy and murky when the media was suddenly asked to leave just as the meeting began.

Reporters were dispatched from the room. Closing the meeting has never been done before except during the financial portion of the proceedings.

Ten minutes later, after protest from The Guardian, a number of well-known fishermen intervened, including president Mike McGeoghegan, and the doors were reopened.

One official said it was a “misunderstanding.”

Geographic location: P.E.I. Fishermen, Charlottetown

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  • AD
    March 01, 2014 - 10:46

    Please don't paint all fishermen with the same brush. Those on the south side from Queens/Prince do not enjoy even close to the incomes of those on the north side. My family do not have new trucks or even old trucks; they drive old rusted out beaters that just get the job done. There are no new boats or high tech gear purchasing. Instead there are decisions as to which bills get paid this year and which are deferred or refinanced just so they don't have to be forced into bankruptcy. these guys are doing everything not to go down that path and are nearly crippled in debt because of it. Regardless of which industry one is examining, not all are created equal; and these fishermen may have spouses or other means of income that have nothing to do with fishing. This is no where near black and white like you'd all like the public to believe.

  • same story
    March 01, 2014 - 09:32

    Lots of people have had there incomes cut in the last few years. Have you talked to any trades people lately? It is a rough economy but only the fishermen are ones that constantly whine, wha, wha,

    • intobed
      March 01, 2014 - 10:37

      Well, no, the members of the PEI Federation of Agriculture constantly whine and demand more too. The government usually gives it to them. HST, more land to farm, more toxic pesticides, and now deep water wells.

  • truth in the light
    March 01, 2014 - 09:05

    They closed the meeting to withold the dollar figures because the public would be shocked at what they call a bad year .Go to any fishing village and look at the number of year old decked out luxury trucks that were purchased even in the strike year of 2013 . Even the boat builders have sold a surprising number in the last 3 years .What most EI gaming fishermen call a rough year normal islanders would be very happy with .

  • Cheese Please
    February 28, 2014 - 22:47

    Well it looks like the 2014 Fishing Whine and Cheese season is here. Maybe we can watch re-runs of Roger and Bob on Dragons den asking for a million for a pile of rotting lobster carcasses,haha,best episode ever.Toast to Roger and Bob

    • High-Roller
      March 01, 2014 - 13:42

      I've got to hand it to you. That's pretty witty.

  • same story
    February 28, 2014 - 19:40

    I guess the big burley fishermen did't want the public see them cry , we only have to listen to them whine!

    • Living with a fisherman
      March 01, 2014 - 08:17

      You would whine to if you income was cut, don't comment on things you know nothing about.

    • Living with a fisherman
      March 01, 2014 - 08:19

      You would whine to if you income was cut, don't comment on things you know nothing about.