1Co-editor, Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter

2Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh


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Many thanks for your complimentary emails about the two papers on sea turtle genetics in South and SouthEast Asia in IOTN Issue 20; we hope future genetics research in the region can be informed by recommendations from the authors.

As we begin 2015, Issue 21 of IOTN reports events from the previous years’ sea turtle nesting season. The Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network describe their ominous start to 2014 and success by the end of the season; we hope their current season is as productive. Two new nesting sites were reported for olive ridley sea turtle in the Andaman and Nicobar Island chain, and the recovery of an injured turtle at Reunion Island was tracked using photographic-identification. Sadly, Chandrasekhar Kar, the turtle man of Odisha, passed away in April of 2014. His efforts in studying and conserving the olive ridley sea turtle nesting population at Gahirmatha are recognized in reflections about his life and work by close associates, peers and students.