National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: 2024 Socioeconomic Survey

The second cycle of the CNMI socioeconomic survey is scheduled for 2024.


In 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted the first-ever National Coral Reef Monitoring Program resident survey in CNMI. 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 CNMI Government improve programs designed to protect coral reefs at local, regional, and national levels, as well as inform continuing research and communication products.

Bird Island, Saipan, CNMIBird Island, Saipan, CNMI (credit: Florence Park, open access)

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The second cycle of socioeconomic surveys is targeted for spring of 2024. CNMI residents will be randomly selected and invited to participate in the survey. The survey will tentatively be offered in English, Chamorro, Carolinian, and Chinese Mandarin. Partners and stakeholders provided survey instrument and sampling design feedback in 2020, and the survey instrument completed its first clearance through the Office of Management and Budget in 2021. In summer 2023, the survey instrument will be re-cleared and the survey vendor for this collection (a neutral third party) will be contracted in preparation for surveying in 2024.

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 2023: Hiring of subcontractor
  • May 2023: Partner re-engagement (survey confirmation)
  • June - July 2023: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval 2 [1]
  • Fall 2023: Survey translation
  • October 2023 - January 2024: Surveyor recruitment and training
  • January - April 2024: Data collection
  • May - July 2024: Data quality assurance and control
  • August 2024 - January 2025: Data analyses, report writing
  • Spring/Summer 2025: Report of findings; final report and infographics posted; data archived


For more information, contact:, NCRMP Socioeconomic Lead, NCRMP Socioeconomic Deputy Lead


[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.