Head of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is apparently afraid to be truthful to the general public-(you)-about the status of the Steller Sea Lion. Yes, that's me and mine. Why? What kind of spin or reconsideration of the scientific facts need to be created to tell the truth?
Seriously, we are grownups (some of us) and we are used to the truth (just kidding). Why does Balsinger have to prepare the 'stakeholders' and the 'scientists' anyway. Seems to me you might have that backasswards, sir, don't you mean the scientists and then the steakholders? Get the spin masters to make the right mix of science and fantasy, statistics and voodoo to placate the steakholders and the public at the same time? Sounds like the energy companies preparing an ad campaign to convince us that we have to keep going the same old way...to suck up and destroy the very world we all depend upon in order to be comfortable. FCS!
Keep yer flippers wet.