Pacific oysters in the North Island of New Zealand are being killed by a herpes virus likely dormant for years and triggered by warmer sea temperatures.
New Zealand, the world’s third- largest kiwifruit producer, has placed entry restrictions on a North Island orchard to avoid the spread of a possible vine infection pending further testing. The local currency fell.
New Zealand’s government has declared parts of the North Island, including the dairy and sheep farming region of Northland, to be a medium-level drought zone.
New Zealand’s government said that precautions have been put in place to prevent the spread of a newly discovered vine infection from a North island kiwifruit orchard.