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 September 20th, 2021: 1,202
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.
The second cycle of socioeconomic surveys was conducted from May 17 through September 15, 2021. Twenty villages were randomly selected from Tutuila and the Manu’a islands. The research team thanks all residents who were able to participate in the survey, as well as the dedicated team of surveyors who made this research possible. The research team is currently analyzing data and developing information products.
Villages randomly selected to participate:
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 
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 2021 - January 2022: Data quality assurance and control
February 2021 - July 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.
American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources
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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