DESPITE existing since the time of dinosaurs, turtle numbers are starting to decline rapidly around the world.
And to spread awareness about turtle conservation among the younger generation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Pacific conducted a series of turtle roadshows in the Western Division this week.
WWF South Pacific marine species co-ordinator Laitia Tamata said the message for the children was that everyone had a role to play in helping grow sea turtle numbers.
"This is not just the responsibility of the government or environment NGOs," Mr Tamata said.
"The aim under Fiji's Sea Turtle Recovery Plan is to help grow sea turtle numbers by 2026. The goal is that by 2026, we must be able to say that turtle populations are sustainable. This means that when communities harvest them, with a permit, there is still a lot left in the sea for future use."
Mr Tamata said the roadshows were about creating awareness on turtle conservation with primary and secondary school students.
"This is the fourth roadshow since 2008. Roadshows have been held at the two-school tier levels in Vanua Levu, Ra, Tailevu and now in Nadi."