SeaWorld announces 320 layoffs

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment announced Tuesday that it would trim its workforce company-wide by 320 employees, though it was not revealed how many jobs would be lost at its San Diego location.

The company said it implemented a restructuring plan "focused on reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, reducing duplication of functions and improving the company’s operations through proven benchmarks. These changes are being made to best position our company for long-term success, and so that we can continue to do great things for animals across the globe."

The statement said SeaWorld would continue to focus on the guest experience, the health and welfare of animals, and the safety of visitors and the company’s 23,000 or so employees.

"It is an unfortunate, but necessary, consequence of the restructuring that some positions will be lost," the statement said. "For those employees, we are offering enhanced severance benefits and outplacement assistance to help with their transition."

The company operates a dozen attractions, including SeaWorld locations in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, plus Aquatica waterparks and Busch Gardens theme parks.

Attendance at the SeaWorld parks has declined in the face of sustained pressure from animal rights advocates, who oppose the captivity of orcas. The company announced in March that it was ending its orca breeding program.

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