National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Puerto Rico: 2022 Socioeconomic Survey

The second cycle of the Puerto Rico socioeconomic survey is scheduled for 2022.


In 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted the first-ever National Coral Reef Monitoring Program resident survey in Puerto Rico. The national survey collects information on resident use of coral reefs, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of coral reefs and management. The survey has helped NOAA and the Puerto Rican Government improve programs designed to protect coral reefs at local, regional, and national levels, as well as inform continuing research and communication products.

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The second cycle of socioeconomic surveys is targeted for spring of 2022. Puerto Rican residents will be randomly selected and invited to participate in the survey. The survey will be offered in both English and Spanish. Partners and stakeholders provided survey instrument and sampling design feedback in 2020, and the survey instrument is currently being cleared through the Office of Management and Budget. The survey vendor for this collection (a neutral third party) will be contracted by the end of summer 2021.

General Timeline:

  • March - September 2020: Partner engagement (sampling design and survey development)
  • January - June 2021: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval 1 [1]
  • April - August 2021: Hiring of subcontractor
  • June 2021: Partner re-engagement (survey confirmation)
  • July - August 2021: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval 2 [1]
  • Fall 2021: Survey translation into Spanish
  • October 2021 - January 2022: Surveyor recruitment and training
  • January - April 2022: Data collection
  • May - July 2022: Data quality assurance and control
  • August 2022 - January 2023: Data analyses, report writing
  • Spring/Summer 2023: Report of findings; final report and infographics posted; data archived


For more information, contact:, NCRMP Socioeconomic Lead, NCRMP Socioeconomic Deputy Lead, Coral Program Management Liaison to Puerto Rico


[1]The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires federal agencies to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget each time they collect or sponsor the collection of information. Surveys must go through a rigorous review process that may include multiple reviews and require many months to be approved.