About 20 tourists from mainland China and Hong Kong have been accused of illegally fishing for lobsters at a national park in Thailand, according to a newspaper report. The visitors allegedly hired a boat and fished in protected waters off the coast of Phuket, The Beijing News said. The captain of the boat taking the tourists to the Similan Islands was arrested and the company operating the trip has been barred from taking other visitors to the area for a month, the report said. Feeding frenzy: internet users aghast at video of Chinese tourists shovelling shrimp at buffet in Thailand The Chinese visitors were not detained by local law enforcement officers, the newspaper reported on Wednesday. Chinese consular officials in Phuket were quoted as saying that they had no knowledge of whether the tourists had been allowed to go home. The police operation came after photographs were published on social media showing Chinese tourists fishing for sea creatures such as lobsters. Why are Chinese tourists so rude? A few insights Large amounts of seafood were shown on a fishing boat with tourists holding up the catch. Officials from the national park said the boat was allowed to carry passengers, but they could not fish in the park’s protected waters, according to the article. The Hong Kong tourist agency also said it was not aware that the tourists had gone fishing, the article said. 'They spit, they talk loudly': Chinese tourists boost Thai economy but stir outrage A tourism industry expert told the newspaper that holidaymakers who broke the law at their travel destinations could be put on a blacklist by the Chinese authorities. Serious offenders could be banned from going abroad, the expert was quoted as saying.