National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
American Samoa: 2021 Socioeconomic Survey

The second cycle of the socioeconomic survey is being conducted from May 17 through September 15, 2021.
Number of surveys completed as of August 30th, 2021: 1,019

Vatia Village, American SamoaVatia Village, American Samoa (Photo: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program)


In 2014, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted the first-ever National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) resident survey in American Samoa. The survey included information on resident use of coral reefs and knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of coral reefs and management. The survey has helped NOAA and stakeholders in American Samoa improve coral reef conservation programs and the services reefs provide for communities, and inform continuing research and communication products.

Project Status:

The second cycle of socioeconomic surveys is being conducted from May 17 through August 30, 2021. Twenty villages were randomly selected from Tutuila and the Manu’a islands. One resident from each household in these villages will be invited to participate in the survey, with the goal of completing at least 870 surveys in total. Local interviewers will administer the surveys in-person, and will be easily identifiable by their white or blue NOAA Coral Reef Monitoring polo shirts and lanyards. The survey will be offered in both English and Samoan and will last no more than 20 minutes.

Villages randomly selected to participate:

  • Aasu
  • Afao
  • Alao
  • Aoa
  • Aua
  • Faga'alu
  • Fagasa
  • Fagatogo
  • Ili'ili
  • Lauli'i
  • Mapusagafou
  • Masausi
  • Mesepa
  • Ofu
  • Pago Pago
  • Poloa
  • Sa'ilele
  • Tafuna
  • Vailoatai
  • Vaitogi
Map of villages randomly selected to participate in the NCRMP socioeconomic survey.Map of villages randomly selected to participate in the NCRMP socioeconomic survey. The color scale corresponds to villages in different strata.

General Timeline:

The general project timeline for the 2021 American Samoa Socioeconomic Survey is listed below

  • March - June 2020: Partner engagement
  • April - August 2020: Subcontractor hired
  • June - July 2020: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval [1]
  • November 2020: Survey translation
  • Early 2021: Surveyor recruitment
  • March 2021: Surveyor training
  • April 2021: Office of Samoan Affairs (OSA) meeting
  • May - August 2021: Data collection
  • September - November 2021: Data quality assurance and control
  • Dec 2021 - May 2022: Data analyses, report writing
  • Summer/Fall 2022: Report findings to OSA and the Coral Reef Advisory Group; final report and infographics posted; data archived


The NCRMP socioeconomic team would like to acknowlege the following groups and organizations for their assistance in implementing the 2021 American Samoa Socioeconomic Survey.

For more information, contact:, NCRMP Socioeconomic Lead, NCRMP Social Scientist, Coral Program Management Liaison to American Samoa


[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.