ANET conducted its first Open Day event in February 2018. This day long programme was primarily meant for local citizens who were encouraged to visit the field station and to interact with researchers and field staff. The event attracted community members from across the region.
A high-level delegation of Nordic ambassadors and bureaucrats visited ANET. This delegation included the ambassadors of Denmark (H. E. Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen), Finland (H. E. Ms. Nina Irmeli Vaskunlahti), Iceland (H. E. Mr. Thorir Ibsen), Norway (H. E. Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg), Sweden (H. E. Mr. Klas Fredrik Molin) and the First Secretary of the Royal Danish Embassy (Ms. Sofie Dyhr Crump).
More than two decades after his last survey, Satish Bhaskar returned to the islands in October 2018. He visited Uncle Paung at Webi, Mayabunder, who had accompanied him on many surveys to remote islands in search of sea turtle nesting beaches. They reminisced about the old times while examining Satish's slides from many years ago.
The Andaman Karen Crafts (AKC) inaugurated the Karen restaurant in Mayabunder. This restaurant experiments with a combination of slow-food based local cuisine as well as other local specialties from the islands.