Thursday, November 30, 2023

NOAA Extends Survey On Economic Impacts Of Reef Diving And Snorkeling


The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has extended an ongoing survey to find out what divers and snorkelers spend when they dive coral reefs around the country.

NOAA originally did a similar survey in 2019 in Hawaii and this year expanded it to not only Hawaii but also American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the Caribbean, according to a notice published this week in the Federal Register:

“The objective of the survey will be to understand divers’ and snorkelers’ expenditures associated with recreational coral reef diving activities in Hawaii, American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, and the Caribbean.”

The survey will also collect information on divers’ attitudes, preferences, and concerns about recreational diving and coral reefs’ health, according to the notice.

“This survey will help to improve our understanding of divers’ and snorkelers’ expenditure patterns and to estimate the economic impact of coral reef related spending. Results of the survey will be used to inform coastal resource management planning and establish a baseline for outreach and education. The expenditure survey is also expected to provide useful information for local economic and business interests.”

Public comments can be submitted here. Comments are due by the end of June.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.