FISHING bosses have BANNED moving oysters from southern England after thousands of the shellfish contracted HERPES.
No oysters are being allowed to move in or out of a major breeding area in a desperate bid to stop the disease spreading.
The lock-down has sealed the mouth of the Thames Estuary from Kent to Essex.
Local fishermen are fuming that they will have to stop fishing for the tasty catch — which sell for £3 each in posh restaurants — until the outbreak is dealt with.
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