Caleta Chanavayita, a community with a calling for fishing
History of the community:
Caleta Chanavayita is located 56 km south of Iquique in the Tarapacá Region, the country's first region. Like the majority of small fishing villages, its beginning dates back to a human settlement close to the coast of the peaceful waters to be able to extract products from the sea and thus make this activity its primary source of family income.
Over time, Chanavayita began to diversify its economic activity given the good quality of its products and the large tourist inflow during the summer. Another factor of change has been the fact that some of its residents have begun to work in the industrial mining sector due to the proximity to companies that operate in the Patache sector.
Currently, the village has a population of approximately 2,000 inhabitants and it has its own Rural Healthcare Center, a Fire Brigade, on-duty policemen, and a primary school. In addition, the emergence of restaurants and lodging, among other factors, have allowed Chanavayita to become a summer resort town and therefore have guarantees of state-funded investments in the sanitary infrastructure to be able to provide quality services to tourists that visit every year.
This project involving the repopulation of the communally-used shoreline with Lessonia Berteroana is being implemented for 2018 through a marine concession of minor importance. This project, being carried out jointly with the Fisherman’s Union No. 6 of Caleta Chanavayita of Iquique, and in partnership with the University of Antofagasta, considers a study phase on the feasibility of repopulation, which would allow them thereafter to apply for the FAF (Fisherman Administration Fund) and repopulate hectares according to the management area that may be granted..