National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Puerto Rico: 2022 Socioeconomic Survey
Our thoughts are with the people of Puerto Rico as they recover from Hurricane Fiona. At this time, surveying in western Puerto Rico is canceled.
The second cycle of the Puerto Rico socioeconomic survey is scheduled to take place from January 28th through November 2022. Preliminary count of completed surveys as of Monday, October 31: 979
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.
The second cycle of the Puerto Rico socioeconomic survey is scheduled to take place from January 28th through mid summer. Forty-five Puerto Rican municipalities were randomly selected for surveying and residents within these areas will be randomly selected and invited to participate in the survey. The survey will be offered in both English and Spanish and will be administered by students from Albizu University (a neutral third party) following surveyor training protocols.
Municipalities randomly selected to participate:
March - September 2020: Partner engagement (sampling design and survey development)
January - June 2021: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval 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 
Fall 2021: Survey translation into Spanish
October 2021 - January 2022: Surveyor recruitment and training
January - November 2022: Data collection
Summer - Fall 2022: Data quality assurance and control
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023: Data analyses, report writing
Summer 2023: Report of findings; final report and infographics posted; data archived
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.
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