National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Guam: 2023 Socioeconomic Survey

The second cycle of the Guam socioeconomic survey is scheduled for 2023.


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

Coastal GuamCoastal Guam (credit: Juyoung Sung, open access)

Project Status:

The second cycle of socioeconomic surveys is targeted for spring of 2023. Guam residents will be randomly selected and invited to participate in the survey. The survey will tentatively be offered in English, Chuukese, Tagalog, and Korean. 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 2022, 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 2023.

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 2022: Hiring of subcontractor
  • May 2022: Partner re-engagement (survey confirmation)
  • June - July 2022: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval 2 [1]
  • Fall 2022: Survey translation
  • October 2022 - January 2023: Surveyor recruitment and training
  • January - April 2023: Data collection
  • May - July 2023: Data quality assurance and control
  • August 2023 - January 2024: Data analyses, report writing
  • Spring/Summer 2024: 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 Guam


[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.