About 20 fishing boats in the Aberdeen typhoon shelter were seen with the Hong Kong flag hoisted upside-down Sunday.
Southern district councilor Chan Fu-ming said it was likely a careless mistake, Apple Daily reported Monday.
About 200 shipping boats are moored at the Aberdeen typhoon shelter since May 15, when the seasonal ban on fishing started.
A 61-year-old fisherman surnamed Cheung said many fishermen have hired helpers from mainland China who are well-versed with the national flag but may not be familiar with the regional flag.
Cheung said he himself does not know which is the right side up for the Hong Kong flag.
Chan said it was a rare incident and believes there was no malicious intent.
He said fishermen are people who love their country and Hong Kong.
Chan said he would talk to the various fishing associations to understand the reasons for the mistake.
He said the situation would likely be rectified on Monday.
Chan said the direction of the petals of the bauhinia flower on the regional flag could be a bit confusing for those who are not familiar with it.
Pro-government group Voice of Loving Hong Kong once inverted the regional flag during an activity.
– Contact us at [email protected]