P.E.I. Fishermen's Association asks the media to leave meeting in Charlottetown on Friday
© TC Media photo by Ryan Cooke
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.”