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In Issue 26 of IOTN, we share the news of a leatherback turtle nesting in Myanmar, possibly for the first time since the last record in 1911. Other features of the issue include summaries about citizen science contributions to sea turtle research and conservation in the Maldives and Malaysia, reports of entangled (and freed) turtles in Tamil Nadu and the Andamans, the ISTS symposium report from Las Vegas, and an online nesting beach indicator tool which allows the rapid collection of data to identify potential nesting areas.

The next International Sea Turtle Symposium is scheduled for February 2018, a short 10 months after Las Vegas, and we suggest readers beginning planning now if they wish to join the sea turtle community in Kobe, Japan. e location is much closer to home for sea turtle biologists and conservationists in South and Southeast Asia, and we encourage those interested to apply for ISTS travel grants to support their attendance.